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Are we so taken by Hollywood filmmaking techniques that we can not recognize
a truly original story when we see it? This film is very believable and I
was quite moved by the real situation suffered by two very sympathetic
characters. Every moment in this drama is real. The conversations between
the two characters abandoned by fate is exactly what one would imagine
between two people caught up in such a situation. This is a simple story
told quite effectively.
I was held in suspense from the moment these two wonderful people were abandoned by a boat crew not attentive enough to their jobs. These things happen and I found myself believing it could happen. The feeling of abandonment was chilling. Have we not all had nightmares about being abandoned?
I found the ending to be real also. I will not disclose it here but it was a surprise to me. But then this is not a Hollywood feel-good sappy film. I would congratulate the filmmakers if I could. Bravo indeed! Highly Recommended.
I personally found this film to be both believable and deeply moving. It is
really an old-fashioned family drama with a twist. What is the twist? There
has been a dramatic change in daddy since he left home years ago and our
heroine has really two mothers. She is also coming of age and likes a boy
The acting by all concerned is quite excellent and the film's pacing holds your attention. I was deeply moved at the mother's feelings of betrayal, the daughter's feelings of rejection by her father and the "father"'s coming to terms with having a daughter and dealing with his changes. There is even a slightly crippled good hearted young lad in the picture. This is traditional film making exploring the nature of real-life relationships.
I personally knew someone who underwent this operation late in life and it was a tragedy. One can only try to understand the angst of someone who feels that nature has made a mistake and deeply desires to change it.
This film is really worthy of a viewing. Check it out.
Jodie Foster and Michael Ontkean playing French war resistors is a stretch of the imagination I could not entertain. This story should have been in French with French actors and actresses. I really do not like films that have English lines but songs that are in French etc. At least they did not attempt to have phony French accents. I hope Mr. Chabrol was paid well for this lapse in his usual brilliant film career. This is truly the worst film I have seen directed by this classic filmmaker. Towards the end of the film there is a bit of script writing involving a love-obsessed Nazi and Jodie Foster that is one of the silliest things I have ever seen. This film, as so many others do, seems to enjoy depicting Germans during World War II as somehow not intelligent. Storytellers seem to forget that they almost conquered all of Europe. This VHS will definitely be donated to the next charity yard sale in my neighborhood. Skip this film.
Four Guys (Jacks) go into the restaurant business with a fifth Guy and lose
all common sense. They allow themselves to be abused worse than textile
workers at the turn of the century without simply leaving the situation.
This is truly one of the worst films I have ever seen. I just hope I can
resell this item to someone who might like it.
It is true that it holds your attention if you can let the illogical plot developments not bother you too much. It is very silly throughout however especially once a stranger enters the restaurant. Who is he? Guess.
At the conclusion, I sat stunned near tears. I am often impressed with
I am viewing but I rarely am left speechless. This film is one of those
moments when film history is being written. I assumed all along that this
was the telling of a true story because of its documentary style. But it
merely representative of the many such stories that happen every day in
cruel exploitative business of people smuggling.
This film makes it's point without being ponderous or preachy. I felt I was there with these beautiful unfortunate young men on the horrendous journey to escape their life of poverty in a refugee camp. This film maker should be given some type of international award for his courage in making this film about this subject matter. I never felt more appreciative of my apartment than I did last night when I got home.
Highly Recommended. 10 points.
I will long remember the acting of Clara Khoury in the main role in this
film. I do not know if she is a professional actress or not, but she could
be. She acts beautifully with her eyes and facial expressions. Many of the
greatest films in history especially by French and Italian filmmakers have
used non-professional actors in their films. The film is especially
in showing the fact that normal everyday life can go on even under foreign
I admit to bias in favor of the Palestinians in their quest for freedom from Israeli occupation, but I actually thought this film was deeply moving as pure drama. The visual sweep of the film, the music and the deeply moving poetic fragment at the end were almost overwhelming.
I certainly hope that Kino Video or some such distributor of quality foreign films will pick this up for distribution, although I suspect certain influential political action committees might object.
This film is a drama of great emotional depth. We can feel the conflict in
the young man who feels he must act to inform on his mother. His devotion
an often stern father is equal to the love he also feels for his mother.
motivations of all the characters are very clear if one follows the story
closely. This is a powerful film of conflicting emotions. The young man
know for sure how his father died and this is the method he takes to find
The film is a beautiful piece of cinematic art with a great film score. The direction is flawless and the ending is surprising. I can not even imagine any American director with the ability to tell a story of such depth with such intense feeling and truth. Highly Recommended. A Masterpiece. 10 out of 10
I have decided that this film is a masterpiece. In fact, I can not see anything at all wrong with it. It has all the characteristics that make a good film including superb acting, believability, cinematography, music and editing. If I were dying of a heart defect, I would want to live life to the fullest just as our heroine does. I personally think that the filmmaker has created a wonderful milieu for this powerful emotional drama of love and loss. The characters have depth and I found myself wanting to be there with them. Highly Recommended 10 out of 10.
This film is rather interesting and held my attention. However, too many
games are played on the viewer before the film reaches its telegraphed
conclusion. The motivation behind the actions of most of the characters is
not spelled out and they almost seem like cartoon characters not real
people. One of the actors reminds me of a Spanish Johnny Depp in his
approach to acting and Noriega is always his wonderful brooding self. Ana
Torrent plays a character that is actually quite stupid. It is hard to
believe that anyone in her positions in this film would have responded the
way that she does. The characters not only do not have much character, they
do not have any ability to judge the character of other
Having said all this, I still enjoyed watching the film. It's just important to suspend normal judgment and go with the flow. The story line itself is certainly shocking and may be the real reason that it holds the attention of movie fans. Mildly Recommended. 6 out 10.
It is the finale of this film that redeems any possible weakness of the story one may entertain in one's mind as one views this film. The ending is so overwhelming, I had to watch it again at once. I then rewatched parts of the film just to luxuriate in the brilliant acting of Albert Finney. This is truly a masterpiece. There have been some criticisms of Ms. Bisset's acting etc, but this is small potatoes compared to the sheer genius of this story and its' realization. The music in the opening credits sets the tone and immediately draws you into the film. You know something profound will happen in the film and to you as you watch this film. Highly Recommended.
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