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Shadows & Lies (2010)

William Vincent (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | 25 April 2010 (USA)
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A man returns to New York after years in exile to save the girl he loves.

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Ann
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Jason
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Rebecca (as Zoe Lister Jones)
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Older Brother
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Man with Cigarette
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The story of William Vincent as he recounts the eccentric and curious path that has brought him, at mortal risk, to New York City, after four years in exile, to rescue a woman he scarcely knows, Ann, from the vague crime syndicate that first brought them together. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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Title Card: The iridescent lipstick of the Kyoto geisha when seen in the dim light of a candle... / Jun 'ichiro Tanizaki / 'In Praise of Shadows'
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good acting and photography, not a very good story
19 January 2012 | by (Iran) – See all my reviews

Okay, first of all, I gotta say that I don't think the rating of this movie is very fair.

The rhythm of the movie is slow, so if you're not the type of person who could sit still for two hours and adore the visualization of a slow film, just let it go.

After the ending, I began thinking how the movie had no purpose at all and that it wasn't sending out a message. And then I thought, maybe it wasn't supposed to. Maybe it was just trying to show a small part of a depressed, not-finding-a-meaning-in-life guy's life. And even so, it still lacked something, it was a little lost, like there wasn't much thought behind the story. It wasn't very well figured out, neither were the characters.

But the good news is, it gets you thinking. The photography is beautiful, and so is the acting. James Franco does a great job in this one, every expression on his face has a meaning behind it, the tone of his voice, how the characters linger before saying something, that is All very good. Not so many great lines though, it's mostly body language.

After all, I think it's worth watching. There are many beautiful scenes that you wouldn't want to miss, regardless of the not-so-good story.


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