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Pleasing to the eyes and ears, but lacking elsewhere
It can be a lot of fun watching the films your favorite actors did early in their careers. Sometimes you find a hidden gem that shows why that person got where they are today. Unfortunately, sometimes in order to get to those films one has to endure a lot of crap. Jennifer Connelly has certainly come a long way in her career since getting started in the 80s. Luckily she was in some winners like 'Labyrinth' and 'Phenomena,' but she made her share of clunkers too. Similar to the critically acclaimed 'Black Swan,' this little known foreign thriller has some of the right ingredients, but something spoiled the stew.
Pros: Actors do what they can with the material. Beautifully scored. Stunningly photographed. Rich production design. A few memorable, unsettling scenes. One hell of an ending.
Cons: Muddled plot. A serious lack of depth. Painfully slow at times. Apart from a few nice shots, the direction is pretty bland.
Final thoughts: Fans of Jennifer Connelly and bizarre films might get some pleasure out of this forgotten effort. Even with those highlights however, the film is barely average. It's like the director was only interested in giving us pretty things to look at because his script leaves much to be desired. A shame because this had the potential to be a real sleeper.
My rating: 2.5/5
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