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Archipelago (2010)

 -  Drama  -  4 March 2011 (UK)
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Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

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Deep fractures within a family dynamic begin to surface during a getaway to the Isles of Scilly.

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The film was shot in script order, with the cast living on location for the duration of the shoot. See more »

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Cynthia's Song
Composed by Viviane Albertine (as Viv Albertine)
Performed by Lydia Leonard
Lyrics by Joanna Hogg
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Like watching paint dry, only slightly less interesting.
3 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Reviewers of this film seem to fall into two camps. Those who think it is high art, full of significant silences, meaningful exchanges, astonishing cinematography and (good grief) moments of intense humour, and, well, those who don't.

It may be that this film is so sophisticated that only those who have refined their critical faculties to a fine edge and learned the vocabulary of high cinematographic art can properly appreciate it. In the same way that some people might be able to distinguish between the exquisite flavours which subtly identify the boiled intestines of different Mongolian Marmots, or who think the finest coffee is only that for which the beans have been eaten and excreted by an Asian Palm Civet (that's true by the way). Unfortunately I am just an ordinary Joe, and eclectic as my tastes might be, I found this to be a pretty pointless, boring film.

I understand that the dialogue was improvised. It's a strange thing, you would think that professional actors would know how to generate dialogue that resembled natural speech, instead we got something on a par with the sort of improvisation a crow uses when it makes a hook from a twig to fish stuff out of a hole. Oh, except that's actually clever; and interesting to watch.

As to the "humour" which various commentators have observed, I can only assume that their measure of jollity is to stare at a blank grey wall for half an hour, and then to turn slowly to a distant image of dead sheep. Laugh? I could have.

So, should you see this film? No.


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