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Catherine de Léan
This movie threw me for a loop. It got a good review in the newspaper I read, and a friend invited me to go with her friends, so I did. I was not expecting to be overwhelmed by one of the very finest, most beautiful movies I have ever had the good fortune to see.
To begin with, this movie repeatedly throws you for a loop. You are sure you know where it's going - or at least I was sure - only to discover that you were wrong and the characters have something else in mind. I can't explain any of that without spoiling it for you, which I won't, but suffice it to say that this movie is full of surprises.
It is also full of great acting. Understated, yes, but very great nonetheless.
And the photography, often black and white, is wonderful.
It's hard to write much about this movie without spoiling it for those who have not seen it yet, which I most certainly do not want to do.
So I will close by saying that I sat entranced through the whole thing
and that is no exaggeration. If you enjoy great acting beautifully
photographed and directed, you will love this movie.
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