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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
L'ECLISSE is not everybody's cup of tea. It is so slow that to continue watching it may sometimes require a conscious strain of will. But it is a rewarding experience: L'ECLISSE is probably the best of all unhurried movies. It is so desperately tender; Alain Delon and Monica Vitti are so young and beautiful, and at the same time - so precise in their naiveté; the camera shots are so long and ambiguous, so empty of words. If there ever was a movie that truthfully represents the playful and sad uncertainty of being in love, then this must be it.
L'ECLISSE is sure to break your heart... or mend it.
The ending is as mysterious as God's ways and if it wasn't for the music to bring me down to earth I may have thought that I had died.
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