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Beautiful, Eccentric, Romantic, Genuine, Funny
What an incredible balance! A movie that Hollywood could never give birth to. The deftness of the director's touch, the alchemy between the various actors, the timing and vicarious thrills of the benevolent practical jokes that Amélie plays on others (for their own benefit) is all too rare in film these days. A superb date film, if there ever was one. I'm a devout cynic, and this film actually exuded a life-affirming influence over me, nonetheless. Extremely recommended!
The Trenches....as they truly were
The trench scenes at the beginning of this film are absolutely shattering. One overhead shot pans a deathscape that cannot ever be forgotten, and can only be compared to Otto Dix's triptych painting "War" (contemporary to the events portrayed in this film). In fact, the most frightening object in the scene, is the last survivor; gibbering and mad amid the shattered bodies of comrade and enemy alike. Masterful and understated acting technique all around. The fatality of this film is not unlike a Greek tragedy in its development and tempo. That poetic creation could have have sprung from the filth of the battlefield is a testament to the tenacity of the Human Spirit, and the Owen - Sassoon relationship gives a glimpse into their respective psyches and ideals. Harrowing and penetrating. A must see film, that, unfortunately, may be forgotten all too soon.