A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in ...
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A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives. Written by
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Thomas Harriman (John Heard) recited almost the entire poem "Los Enigmas" by Pablo Neruda. The last part of it says: "I want to tell you the ocean knows this, that life in its jewel boxes is endless as the sand, impossible to count, pure, and among the blood-colored grapes time has made the petal hard and shiny, made the jellyfish full of light and untied its knot, letting its musical threads fall from a horn of plenty made of infinite mother-of-pearl. I am nothing but the empty net which has gone on ahead of human eyes, dead in those darknesses, of fingers accustomed to the triangle, longitudes on the timid globe of an orange. I walked around as you do, investigating the endless star, and in my net, during the night, I woke up naked, the only thing caught, a fish trapped inside the wind." See more »
An Italian premier, just was just after Mussolini, was asked, "Is it difficult to govern Italians?" He said, "Difficult. No, not difficult. Only useless."
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I was channel surfing - late at night, and paused to look at the stunning scenery at Mont St. Michel - and was hooked.
I found this movie to be so profound, and so original - that I missed half of it because I kept reflecting on what had just been said, and missed the next 5 minutes of dialog. I couldn't pause or rewind to listen to what I'd missed.
It's a three way conversation between an isolated former scientist, a poet/political speech writer and a failed presidential candidate. They walk around the island talking about life, politics and science.
It is not hyperbole to say this movie changed my life as well. It did. I've never watched a movie quite like this one... and I can't remember a movie that felt like an entire philosophy course in 2 hours.
I went to netflix to find the rental and it doesn't exist. I can't get it from Blockbuster, and nobody else has ever even heard of it!!
THIS - while Americans rush out to see Ocean's Twelve and Mr & Mrs Smith - both are banal and offensive -
This little known gem fades into obscurity.
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