MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,036 this week

Tuvalu (1999)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 2,152 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 24 user | 40 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 11 Dec 2010
 
a list of 37 titles
created 22 Oct 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tuvalu" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tuvalu (1999)

Tuvalu (1999) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tuvalu.
24 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Luna Papa (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The unborn child of Mamlakat (Khamatova) is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother (... See full summary »

Director: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ato Mukhamedzhanov
Beau Travail (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Africa.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol... See full summary »

Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Daniel Buain
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Veit Helmer
Stars: Valeriy Nikolaev, Masumeh Makhija, Predrag Manojlovic
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

DRIVE IN Holy Motors sketches the portrait of a discreet artist, all of whose films marked their era and will continue to deliver their aesthetic and visionary wealth.

Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé
Stars: Leos Carax, Caroline Champetier, Denis Lavant
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Leos Carax's (Pola X, Lovers on the Bridge) brilliant feature debut follows the relationship of an aspiring filmmaker (Denis Lavant)... See full synopsis »

Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Denis Lavant, Mireille Perrier, Carroll Brooks
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a card shark with a big dream to go out to the world and leave his own mark. His ... See full summary »

Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant
Holy Motors (2012)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man and a woman meet in Paris. Shortly after, the man tries to kill himself.

Director: Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
Stars: Emmanuelle Béart, Denis Lavant, Dominique Frot
Pola X (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée

Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Yekaterina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve
Baikonur (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Veit Helmer
Stars: Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy
Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Dina Korzun, Maksim Sukhanov
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anton
...
Eva (as Chulpan Hamatova)
Philippe Clay ...
Karl
Terrence Gillespie ...
Gregor
Catalina Murgea ...
Martha
...
Inspector
Djoko Rosic ...
Gustav (as Djoko Rossich)
Zlatina Todeva ...
Old Woman
Todor Georgiev ...
Policeman
Georgi Kishkilov ...
Homeless
Petar Evangelatov ...
Homeless
Evgeni Jermanov ...
Homeless
Blajo Nikolic ...
Homeless
Krikor Hugasjan ...
Homeless (as Krikor Hugasian)
Alexander Dikov ...
Homeless
Edit

Storyline

In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and unsophisticated, and he falls in love with the beautiful Eva, who comes to bathe with her father. When Eva and her father lose their home, they come to the bathhouse to stay, but bits of the ceiling fall on the old man and he dies. Eva blames Anton, and she seems to seek the arms of the brute Gregor. Can Anton win back her heart, get the bathhouse through a rigorous government inspection, and help keep his parents employed? Waiting out there somewhere is the paradise isle of Tuvalu. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Eine Reise in die Welt der Träume

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

22 June 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Tuvalu, az álomsziget  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,336 (USA) (15 December 2000)

Gross:

$408,744 (USA) (4 October 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Lucy Tsak Tsak (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Mocking Song
Goran Bregovic (P) and © 1998 Kamarad Productions
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Hamburg (A Universal Music Company)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A wonderful experiment in the basics of film making.
29 September 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a film that filled me with warmth and appreciation for the cinematic artform. Using tinted black and white film and a suggestion of dialogue, Veit Helmer was able to successfully tell a story in the way they were told within the first 30 years of cinema. It should renew anyone's faith in this medium who thought that Hollywood productions were all that were left to call "entertainment".

Andre is the younger son of a blind man, left to run a delapidated bath house in a fictional European city a few years in the future(?). He not only has to juggle the possible closing of the house by local authorities, keep business going as usual, and keep his Father from finding out the true plight of which they face, but also face his first true love, Eva. All this and an evil brother who wants to see the bath house torn down in way for a new development and you have a formula that has been seen many times over.

However, several elements come into play that make this an outstanding film. One, the film is shot using tinted black and white film, giving the decaying sets a life of their own. Second, Veir opted out of having any "real" dialogue and instead presented a combination of gestures, expressions and universally known words to convey the words. This made way for the kind of acting that was predominate in the first 30 years of film history, and if he had decided to illiminate the dialogue altogether it would have come out the exact same way. Not since the premiere films of Luc Besson, David Lynch or Lars Von Trier can I stress the incredible treasure that has been created.

I hope that many more of you have the chance to see this film.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A feast for the eyes AND ears. (And mind) Aneonscorn
If only it was on Blu Ray orgazmoinohio
The harbor Engine_Ear
My Review of this Vivid Masterpiece jayskitstar
Discuss Tuvalu (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?