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On his fortieth birthday, a man engineers a revolt against himself. He telephones his lovers -- all four of them -- and arranges to meet them at his dance school that afternoon. The women are shocked to discover that they have been sharing the affections of the same man. He arrives and tries to explain his actions. He has realized that time is limited for each of us. Total honesty is the only answer. One by one we review the beginning of each affair. The man and his lovers discuss passion, possession, time. How love blossoms from even the smallest seed. He gives each woman a parting gift -- a stopwatch -- and asks them to measure each minute of true love that they experience from now on. The women leave. The man is alone. Later, the fourth woman calls him and they arrange to meet at her house, where he finds the tables turned: he is now one of four lovers. Unable to handle the new situation, the men argue and depart. The man is left alone again... Written by
An interesting, colorful and ultimately sad love story from Tajikistan
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf trekked across the border to post-Soviet Tajikistan to make "Sex & Philosophy", reportedly because Iranian social restrictions did not allow him the freedom to make the movie he wanted to make.
"Sex & Philosophy" brings us an original story. Upon reaching his 40th birthday, John, a Russian-Tajik poet/dance instructor, invites his four girlfriends to meet at his dance studio at 2pm sharp, where they learn of each other's existence. What follows is a beautifully filmed treatise on love, examining John's relationships with the four women- including a flight attendant, a lonely prostitute and a doctor. The filmmaker has a talent for highlighting colors (reds everywhere) and incorporating the choreographed chorus of beautiful, silent dancers of John's studio with the action and flashbacks of the story. The beautiful local music, especially that of the blind man and his wife, is also a real treat.
Weak points? Well, the film is very "talky" and you definitely have to be in the mood for some of the semi-philosophical conversations about love, and some of the slow (one might say choreographed...) silent scenes between John and each of the young ladies. I must admit, these scenes were handled rather well. I also thought the film spends too much time on the first story, and rushes through the other three (more interesting) characters.
I'd have to agree with one of the previous reviewers- I'm not sure I agree with the director's jaded and ultimately pessimistic view on modern love, but the story is presented well, and it's always fascinating to see what people look like, how they talk and how they live in one of the world's remotest regions. A good effort. 73/100.
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