New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. Written by
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What if, once upon a time, there were no stars in the sky at all? What if the stars are not what we think? What if the light from afar doesn't come from the rays of distant suns, but from our wings as we turn into angels? Destiny calls to each of us. And there is a world behind the world where we are all connected, all part of a great and moving plan. Magic is everywhere around us. You just have to look. Look. Look closely. For even time and distance are not what they ...
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Forget the Arithmetic and Enjoy the Magical Romance
In 1895, a couple of immigrant is not allowed to entry into the United States because the man has tuberculosis (a.k.a. consumption) and they leave their baby son in a miniature of sailboat named "City of Justice" to be adopted by some family.
In 1916, in New York, the baby has grown up and is the burglar Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), who was raised by the demon and gangster Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). When Peter confronts Pearly, he orders his men to kill him but Peter is saved by a flying white horse. Peter decides to rob one last house and leave New York, but he meets the red-haired twenty-year old Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay) that is dying of consumption and they immediately fall in love with each other. They decide to flee to the North to the Lake of the Coheeries, where Pearly has no jurisdiction and is not allowed to go by Lucifer (Will Smith). Pearly believes that Peter will use his miracle and spiritual destiny that everyone is born with to save Beverly and he uses another angel to poison Beverly. Peter does not succeed to save her and when she dies, returns to New York and Pearly throw him off the Brooklyn Bridge. However Peter does not die and wanders for almost one century without memories until 2014, when he meets the little red-haired Abby (Ripley Sobo) that is dying of cancer and her mother Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connelly). Now he believes that he can save Abby, but Pearly is hunting him down. Will Peter succeed in using his miracle this time?
"Winter's Tale" is an underrated magical romance with a beautiful story of miracle and eternal love. This movie has an amazing cast, wonderful cinematography, locations, set decoration, art direction and music score, but has not been well-accepted by the professional critics.
The greatest inconsistency of this movie is relative to the dates, since the story begins in 1895 and jumps to 1916 and Collin Farrell, despite his great performance, does not convince as a twenty-one year-old man (he is almost forty). Then there is another jump to 2014 and Willa, who was a young girl, is a lucid old woman certainly with less than one- hundred and something years old that she should have. Why Peter's parents prefer to leave him in an unstable model of sailboat instead of in a corner of the harbor is another senseless part of the story. Anyway, better off forget the arithmetic and enjoy this beautiful magical romance. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Um Conto do Destino" ( "A Destiny's Tale")
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