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Compelling movie but...
I found Birth compelling, especially in Nicole Kidman's and the young boy's performances, and in the Manhattan setting. The main problem for me was that the script didn't go quite far enough. It seemed unbelievable that none of the adults would have said to the boy "How do you know all of these things?" "How did you find your way to (Nicole's character) to begin with?" By not engaging with the reality of those very real questions, the film is more like a children's fairytale.
The film is a(n inadvertent?) commentary on what seems to be a social phenomenon in which adult women teachers become romantically involved with teenage or younger boys--women like Mary Kay Letourneau and others who've been arrested in recent months for their sexual involvement with boy students. The phenomenon might reflect some sort of female fantasy to have the love of a man who is as innocent and guileless as a boy.
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
I don't understand what the appeal is of the story itself. The film is well-acted, but the plot seems contrived to me; I don't like the way it unfolds. I don't want to spoil the film if you haven't seen it, but if you've seen this and want to discuss it, e-mail me.
Cold Mountain (2003)
Violence, good acting, predictable story
I wound up seeing this because a theater gave me a free ticket when I missed the film I intended to see. I wouldn't have chosen to see this because I don't like historical epics that have tons of violence in them. This is an anti-war film in the guise of a romance. The acting was very good, the scenery was picturesque; but the story was predictable. Way way too much gore and violence. Overkill. Who likes seeing this stuff? Don't we have enough violence in the world as it is?
Pierrot le fou (1965)
This is my favorite movie
I've seen it several times over the years, although not recently. It's playful and intelligent and inventive and sweet. I love the scene where Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina romp through the forest hand-in-hand improvising lyrics, my romantic fantasy. Feel free to write me if you love this film too.