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At one point over the course of this haunting and difficult film, the lead character is reading the Graham Greene novel, The Quiet American. She highlights a passage from the novel that is the lynchpin to understanding the unanswerable questions left after the experience of watching the film. “Time has its revenges, but revenge seems so often sour. Wouldn’t we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife with a husband, nor a parent a child?" One of the primary function of movies is to act as an empathy machine, a vehicle to allow us to understand and live in the skin of someone who we are not, or a situation so far...
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★★★★☆ Early on in I, Olga Hepnarová the eponymous mass-murderer (played with rangy inscrutability by Machalina Olszanska) refers to a passage from Graeme Greene's The Quiet American. It's the famous underlying message of the novel which claims that it's impossible to truly know someone else and that we should "just accept that no human will ever understand another human". It's at once completely in keeping and at odds with Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb's relentlessly bleak real-life drama which for long stretches favours the impenetrable nature of its protagonist psyche before eventually wading heavily into her motives.
- CineVue UK
When Ewan McGregor originally signed up for American Pastoral, it was only to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel. At the time, The Quiet American and The Giver director Phillip Noyce was attached to helm the drama. But for whatever reason, McGregor ended up in the director’s chair. The actor had been interested in directing for a while, and he finally took […]
- Jack Giroux
Sean Penn will play Andrew Jackson, the 7th U.S. President who won the popular vote but lobbied fiercely to abolish the electoral college because he believed the process to be corrupt. He also signed the infamous Indian Removal Act.
The story is based on Jon Meacham's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the same title, and Robert V. Remini's biography of Jackson. Matt Jacobson, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard will produce for Lionsgate Television.
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- Garth Franklin
4 items from 2016
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