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The Hungry Ghosts (2009)

 -  Drama  -  5 February 2010 (USA)
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A New York City-set drama of interlocking stories which occur over a 36-hour period.

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According to Buddhists, hungry ghosts are the dead who cannot bid farewell to the living. They are a metaphor for spiritual hunger which we often try to satisfy by chasing the superficial and material. This directing debut by Michael Imperioli is filled with hungry ghosts. A group of New Yorkers, of different ages, races and backgrounds, hunger for emotional, sensual, and spiritual fulfillment. Their intersecting and colliding paths reflect the zeitgeist of our times, in which the desperation of the West smacks up against the religious teachings of the East. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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Rated R for sexuality, drug use, language and some disturbing content
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Predictable and unengaging
21 January 2009 | by (The Low Countries) – See all my reviews

If you like watching unsympathetic, at times seedy characters messing up their own lives and those of the people around them, then this is the movie for you. It's about people in New York, struggling with their life and character. No less, but certainly nothing more. There's nasty divorce, drugs, perversity, troubled-son-who-can't-communicate-with-dad stuff, the usual. Overall I found it totally unengaging, pretty predictable and without any real purpose. The actors are not to blame, as most of them, despite the occasional over-the-top scene, did a good job.

The movie itself wasn't all bad as it did have one interesting character, Gus (great performance by Nick Sandow), who has at least a few interesting observations. He has by far the best scene in the movie when he confronts a girl who after a month of Yoga lessons thinks she has 'discovered who she really is', and that she now 'knows'. Gus ruthlessly dissects her reasoning and shows her she knows absolutely nothing.

I'm afraid this character Gus would have had no trouble ripping a movie like Hungry Ghosts completely to pieces.


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