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Ah, wellthis is probably written in reaction to some of the harsh reviews; they're fully justifiedbut this film deserves some defense. True, it's long, repetitive and lacks real focuslacks a real narrative, actually. OK, dabbling with esthetics without mastering everything. OK, a number of gimmicks and silly bits.
But it's emotionally forceful; the portrayal of depression and one's relation to pills is quietly poignant. Esthetically, it has moments of real beauty and quiet eroticism/tenderness. Tom Macy transcends his handsomeness with truly convincing actingdoesn't seem to me to be "lost at sea" doing things at random.
So, not a complete failure; not just another arty, pretentious, uneducated ego trip or film school spawn. Deserves watching and appreciation.
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