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Tedious in the extreme
steve_brunt from london, england
14 November 2003
I had expected to be impressed by the landscapes, charmed by the story,
engaged by the politics. But no. The plot, dialogue and characterisation
were as featureless as the scenery. The filming was unimaginative. I was
bored by every minute of this film.
okay, now i know that this won an award at cannes but i can only presume
that this is because the judges were working under the principle that
to afflict literary critics from time to time. if it is incomprehensible
then it cant be really bad, and who knows it might be great.
in a handout which i picked up in the cinema the director confesses to the
fact that after each days shooting she then went and wrote the screenplay
for the next days filming! now i am no movie mainstream boy, i like to be
challenged by films and i like films that require effort. however, i do
films that appear to have something to say, not necessarily a simple
beginning, middle, end storyline but at least something in terms of
character development if not plot development.
it just makes me wonder what the reaction to this film would have been if
had been made in Britain or the USA or France? would everyone be saying
breathtaking and moving and a truly political film? or would we have been
saying to the director 'next time work out what you want to say or how you
are going to say it...or even better both'. last comment must go to my
faithful fellow cinema goers who laughed when the titles came up and
was credited with writing the script. the smile on my face was not so much
through laughter as a wince of uncomprehending pain.
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