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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 »
...but to blame all this on a French philosopher who's been dead for 300 years, isn't that a little out of proportion? Maybe even a little eccentric?
No. Not if I'm right.
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the premise of this film sounds like it would bore you to tears. a poet, politician, and physicist basically talk for about 90 minutes about physics and life in general. while talking they wander around a picturesque french castle that is cut off from land when high tide rolls in.
granted this film has no emotional core whatsoever but that's not the point. this movie is about intellectuals and was made for intellectuals. therefore, a lot of people will be bored to tears. i, on the other hand, found the conversations fascinating and actually i learned more about quantam physics from this movie than i ever did in high school through the use of a couple of ingenious analogies.
if you're in the mood for a movie that forces you to pay attention to the dialogue, and will truly make you think about life and the world around us, you can't go wrong with this movie.
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