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A gentle winning insight into the sum of humanity being greater than the parts.
I am not a fan of emotional nuanced, indeed French, movies. So why the big score? Went with my girlfriend who was tired after a busy day at work. I was skeptical already. We loved it.
Female lead was whippet like, not the usual Hollywood cookie cutter
looks. Her emotional range in subtle fashion was very good. The whole movie reaches an emotional climax at the end and I love the surreal nature of that, always been a sucker for the spiritual/metaphysical/surreal imagery.
The male lead was goofy but as you look you see a dignity, a certain
honor, and pointed wit. This man is lovable and credible as such.
The music was fantastic no doubt because it was written for real life
loss by Emilie Simon. My friend is Budhist and the bells in the signature tune were perfect. Any movie with excellent music (compare Thin Red Line) will lift and indeed soar.
The movie is just released in Australia and probably there are a lot
of multicultural 'mismatched' couples who commit to each other attracted by difference. Australia is the most successful multicultural country IN THE WORLD. When I was in France I saw the pathetic xenophobia with due contempt felt by me (it was a subway situation in Paris).
The French style in the urban and rural landscapes were very stylish
for those with an eye to detail, but perhaps not for knuckleheads (other reviewers?).
The French history is sub textual - Norsemen naming Normandy and
making a marriage of Vikings and French some 1,000 years ago. The above-mentioned highly metaphorical rural landscape of yellow and green is notable for those with eyes to see. Even dialog about a cold day being like summer gives the clue to this ancient subtext.
these themes of multicultural tolerance and deeper humanity,
especially in the shadow of madman Anders Behring Breivik, was a superbly timed contribution to popular culture. Bring on the Love as the antidote to the hate.
9 out of 10. I stand by that.
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