After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. Written by
I saw the film yesterday here in Paris and was truly in for a pleasant surprise. The film surprised me at every turn, and defied all the expectations i had due to mainstream storytelling pollution which i utterly dread sitting through for two hours. I waited for the story to become ridiculous, but it mocked my underestimation and grew in depth to reveal the true theme that is deeply washing over every shot of the screen, the "deep blue sea", "le moi oceanique", the deadly ecstasy of an overwhelming sexual desire that comes into a possessing ghost strangling all reason that these human beings hypothetically have. The beach and water theme, the opening and and end shot, and the low-angle shots of the water pulling at the characters' feet, this desire hovering within the screen waiting to pull them in are the most successful aspects of the film. The beautiful filming that is so well themed and constructed, this relaxed and ecstatic feel that transcends from the screen making the audience feel the exact erotic atmosphere in which the characters dwell and that pull of desire that comes across in the silence and in the sound of the ocean; and Robin Wright's extremely deep character building and original portrayal of female strength, pull the film together to a true work of art. It is real story telling. At its best. Ieft knowing these characters, i know where they live, how they feel, i know that they are still alive and haven't stopped breathing after i left the screening room. When characters are this real that you somehow know they exist across the world from you somewhere and are still feeling and seeing and laughing and crying, it's called excellent story telling.
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