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Delicate and brooding
stills-6 from california
11 August 2000
A delicate, brooding adaptation of Joyce's slim novel. The well-chosen cast
struggles and mostly succeeds with the dialogue, largely taken directly
Joyce's words. In effect, this movie is the book come to life - as exactly
as 90 minutes of film will allow.
Standouts include Stephen's father and a rousing interpretation of the
famous description of Hell from John Gielgud.
The sensual novel, however, is made stiff and sometimes rather bland in
deference to its philosophy. Bosco Hogan, as Stephen, gives a stone face
precious little energy to the interior monologue. By the end, his subtle
gestures are a tad too subtle.
This movie takes perhaps too reverent a tone with the book. Even the sex
scene is handled with a delicate, dry touch. What we are left with amounts
to a series of images with a spoken word soundtrack. Sometimes this
faithfulness to the book is to the detriment of the movie - It can be
difficult to follow and drags in many places. Many of the shots are
suggested directly from the text as if it were a screenplay in code - I
found myself wishing that the director would take control and actually tell
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