John Huston's last film is a labor of love at several levels: an adaptation of perhaps one of the greatest pieces of English-language literature by one of Huston's favorite authors, James Joyce; a love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up; and the chance to work with his screenwriter son Tony and his actress daughter Anjelica. The film is delicate and unhurried, detailing an early January dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland, attended by friends and family. Among the visiting attendees are the sisters' nephew Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta. The evening's reminiscences bring up melancholy memories for Gretta concerning her first, long-lost love when she was a girl in rural Galway. Her recounting of this tragic love to Gabriel brings him to an epiphany: he learns the difference between mere existence and living. The all-Irish cast and careful period detail give the piece richness... Written by
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This is a wonderful evocation of a previous age. True, it is slow
moving but that is definitely part of its charm. Stately and elegant -
a fitting tribute to an iconic director! Not many films can boast such
a unique form. Top marks to the director for having the bravery to
create such a work of art that may have seemed commercially non-viable.
I doubt very much a piece like this would be given the green light in
today's action-driven, dumbed-down movie environment. Does a good job
of adapting the James story and also brings a little something extra to
it as well as all truly good art should - it is not enough merely to
emulate. Wonderful film and not to be missed!
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