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There is absolutely nothing to commend about this film other than the
main storyline which is not reflected by the title of the movie.
For me, the main story theme was not about riot at all but about the damage football violence had done to two families, Damien the cop and his girlfriend cop Louise. Louise lived with her physically and psychologically affected ex-cop Father and Damiens Father was in prison as a result of violence which had a football-related history, a middle aged thug who refused to let go of the past.
All the other bits of storyline within did not connect to that at all and the only riot was a bunch of hoodlums towards the end in a shopping mall, can hardly be called a riot on the scale portrayed in the opening clips of the movie.
The confrontation between characters played by both Nick Nevern and Peter Barrett has been a common theme in many of the Paul Tanter films. Though I understand he did not direct this movie, he did produce it and he did act in it.
Nick Nevern I feel needs to move on. He is a sort of passive Jason Statham and has the potential to step up.
Paul Tanter needs to move on too. Football violence in the UK has moved on since the 1990s, just as Northern Ireland has for different reasons, and the film could have been directed and produced in a different way for a much more receptive and appreciative audience.
Making a film on principle to include sex violence and bad language does not mean as a movie fan I always want salt and vinegar and dollups of tomato ketchup on my fish and chips!
I finally watched this movie earlier today with a sorrowful heart after
first hearing about it a couple of years ago. hard to get it here in
Indonesia on DVD, finally got it on two split You Tube downloads.
Yes this is not a film for the faint hearted, it is extremely graphic and harsh in its direction to say the least and certainly long at 2 hours 40 minutes (comparable with the Hobbit which I saw on new Years Eve).
The film is an artistic portrayal of a dignified South African tribal woman who is abused and misled once she arrives first to England and then later to Paris. However, it lacks artistic direction and balance. Not a contradiction in terms exactly.
for example, the opening scene shows her being exhibited in a medical seminar and the end of the movie displays her physical remains which would later be put in a Paris Musueum. My point is that the Director could have taken more attention to detail and put the lady into a greater prospective, perhaps a prequel to the main part of the story (the recent Johnny Depp movie 'Dark shadows" a case in point) showing the lady in her tribal land and how she met the Doctor before arriving to England. The explanation in the movie is all too bland and passed over for the most part. The same applied for the ending although there were some explanatory subtitles and compensating visual glimpses of when she was returned to South Africa.
What we see in this film is no different from what still goes on in our world today but in a different way. We go-global in order to see the very thing that this humble woman was subjected to and we pay to see it, sometimes on the internet - animals as well as humans - and it is only perhaps in western countries that there are anti-voice against the abuse in circuses.
We should watch this film and want to be shocked. Unlike the spectators shown throughout the film, we have the benefit of a greater education and enhanced knowledge but abuse such as Saartje Baartman is shown to endure in the movie, goes on to this day.
There was a lack of cohesion at times in the transition from going London to Paris and then later when Saartje found herself in the Brothels. Yes, she drank and smoked and was inevitably sensitive and temperamental given her real life role play but this is indeed an extraordinary film about an extraordinary woman who is extraordinary for her courage and determination and not so unordinary from any other woman except for her buttocks and her labia, according to the medical scientists.
I certainly enjoyed this film more than the "Hobbit' which bored the pants off me (except for the special effects) and yes 'Venus Noire' is slow and often repetitive but I can share empathy with the Director and in an unkind, cruel, uncomfortable way, this is entertainment.
On a general note, there is no swearing or offensive violence, despite the harsh treatment Saartje Baartman endured while away from South Africa. Yes, she is mostly naked for large sections of the film and there are a couple of later scenes in Paris where she is in a sexual situation but apart from that, this is not a film for a sexual voyeur and don't expect to see flashes of an unusually large labia because you will not.
The standard of acting in this film is excellent. I may be wrong here but this is a French film and so good sub-titles in English or language of your choice are important. I suggest that there are a lot of other movies out there who will shock and offend you a whole lot more than this one.
First of all this is a Hungarian made film and using Hungarian actors
with the exception of Britains Helen Mirren - and it is entirely in
You might wonder why Helen Mirren appears in this film and compare her role in 'the Queen' and 'The Tempest". If it was not for Helen Mirren, I doubt this film would have any publicity or marketing potential at all.
Helen Mirren plays an eccentric maid called Emerinc who basically works for a family across the street. She has had an interesting life but lives somewhat reclusive and nobody ever enters her house, hence the title of 'The Door'.
The film is essentially about Emerinc and her relationship with her employers. The story in a sense is very ordinary but this is a very interesting drama because it gives an insight into Hungarian folk life and provides a terrific acting platform for the great talents of Helen Mirren.
I liked the film very much. It is not a thriller in the normal sense but a slow slow drama which tells a story about a lonely woman and her relationship with her villagers.
While there is a definite dearth in good movies around at the moment, this one stands out as different and very watchable. Enjoy!
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The only good things about this movie are the directing and the acting
by the lead character Nick Stahl who plays the frustrated (and
frustrating) husband James. I actually watched the movie a second time
to see if it was as bad as I thought the first time and if i missed
anything first time around. Nope, apart from a few minor details.
Quite frankly, James Deacon is an idiot and probably deserved some kind of incrimination but what happened to both James and his wife is disturbing in the sense that it could be acted out like this in real life without neighbours, friends or work colleagues being able to rationalize what was happening.
Actually the Bill Burroughs character, I assumed, was critical to the plot of the movie in relation to the song which was played - what was the song title by the way? This was no ordinary stalker or voyeur, not sure actually if he was either or both - and he certainly repeated his crimes. Why did he do it? Why and how did he select his victims? Was it purely entertainment? What would such a person get out of it? I was very dismayed with the ending. Personally, I thought police officers went around in pairs - and were not any neighbours or other folk who could have known what went on? How did James not suspect all the cameras hidden in his car when he was suspicious early on about the music CD?
I do not agree the characters were developed. At work, James looked out of place and dysfunctional, while what did Amy do all day anyway? Bill was the trump card for me, he said little but his acting was spot on and for me he was the star of this movie, not James Deacon or any of the other characters.
My guess also is that the time frame of the story was meant to be over several days and not any longer, gauged from the many reaction of Amys sister Catherine.
The film is enjoyable and worth seeing. It is not as dull as some have made out but it is no blockbuster. Nevertheless, thought provoking.
Just imagine if someone decided to tell the alternative love story of
Charles and Diana or even Antony and Cleopatra, what would the public
reaction be? i have a lot of respect for Madonna as a singer actress
and director. i can see how much of a statement Madonna wanted to make
with this movie, perhaps by casting herself indirectly as both Wallis
Simpson and as this much criticized protagonist Wallis Wintrop.
Madonna, as I recall, has a passionate life embracing of children and though she has children of her own, I think she adopts from overseas as well (Malawi if I am not wrong). My point is in in the desperation of the protagonist to show a woman who wanted to have children but was denied by her abusive partner. Pretty much the same one could say for Wallis Simpson in her relationships with two husbands and then with Edward Windsor.
I disagree with some of the comments. The Script is perfect for the film and it is wonderfully directed by Madonna with great sensitivity and interpretation. there is nothing trashy about this movie. Compare to Angelina Jolie debut movie 'Milk and Honey" and that is pure trash compared to this. Jolie could learn a lesson or two from Madonna.
Yes the film is a short of spin off from Kings Speech but this is much more than a love story.
There are indeed some careless errors in the final release which are absurd in truth but don't let these spoil your enjoyment of the movie as a whole
Nobody should criticise the drama directing or entertainment value of a
film like this which offers an intimate insight into the struggle of
one human being to fulfil a humanitarian cause for her country,
Quite by chance, I watched WE yesterday, another love story with a twist directed by Madonna. As for the Lady, both Michelle Yeogh and David Threwlis are excellent throughout in the two leading roles. the film is as much about their devotion to their each other as it is to the cause of Burma (or Mynanmar if you like).
What disappointed me was that there was no translation for whenever Burmese was spoken in the movie and so I had no idea what was being said. furthermore, the end credits were in French and I could not understand them either.
Considering the political nature of the movie and the profile of the woman in focus, I thought it was a surprisingly unpolitical film and the Burmese Generals came across as a bunch of puffs who had no idea to connect with the people they ruled and controlled.
I also agree that the ending was rushed after Mikeys death and more time could have been spent to balance the story to the present day but that is the directors prerogative and I am not criticising in any way.
I remember the Ghandi movie and as much as I liked this movie, sorry, the overall quality of this movie cannot be compared to Ghandi.
Terrific film, have a few hankies at the ready and be ready to grab a hand or two when things taken a sudden turn!
This is one of those films which you will watch either because of the
sex scenes it contains or because you want a good Spanish speaking film
with readable English sub-titles - or both. What you get in fact is an
underrated emotional comedy which has all the sex you might want to
watch for curiosity sake while using it as a lesson to brush up on your
My wife and I were very taken with the film, it was nice to watch together. Yes it is a sort of Kama Sutra movie, but the film is artistically directed and the storyline, although not reaching Hollywood heights, will tickle and tease you with delight, and I am not talking about the sex scenes in that reference.
Here is a film carrying a double meaning, a young boy who has been taught by his Father to walk on stilts, so he looks down on people in an amusing way. Not only that, as a sleepwalker, he has an uncanny ability to see the dead 'alive' each morning, this is all very touching in a young man who is setting out on a life of sexual exploration.
I found this film on DVD by accident. I am always glad to watch a foreign language movie and especially one in Spanish. An Argentinian movie is a rare treat. Something as sexually evocative and artistic as this IS a rare treat indeed. There is hardly any nudity in movies of current release nowadays and when there is, it is hardly done in an artistic way.
There are some great expressions and some really funny moments. The story is somewhat thin at times but that matters not to the overall enjoyment of the movie.
Here we have a movie with artistic credibility, no bad language, no violence, a movie which is just a pleasure to watch.
I like foreign language films and this is right up there as one which
can be enjoyed from beginning to end. It is a Mexican film in Spanish
language with perfect subtitles in English on DVD.
The story is of course about a young girl called Laura who has a dream of becoming a Beauty queen while also being a story about how she gets caught up and used in a drugs war.
There is no doubt that Laura is portrayed as a very stubborn character and is presented with opportunities to escape from her dangerous situations but she is possessed of fear what might happen to her Father and Brother.
She has seen that the Mexican police could not be trusted, so who could she trust? The film also illustrates how a drug cartel might also influence the outcome of a Beauty pageant to instill fear and control over one of its participants.
Yes it is a little depressing but a riveting drama thriller to watch. Considering the subject matter, there is nothing graphically sexual and no outlandish bad language, there are a couple of sex scenes but the filming generally is carefully considered and respectable.
I found this to be an enjoyable period drama about the Mozart family.
Remember it is a French made film, made in French language. Top notch
English subtitles are necessary on DVD. I doubt the movie, released in
the autumn of 2011, would have got worldwide cinema attraction.
Most of us watching would not know the story of Wolfgang Mozarts sister and I have no special interest in classical music, though as a tourist, yes, I did once visit Salzburg.
The film centres around the maturity of the young Nanna and her exploitable musical potential while in friendship at least with the French Dauphin.
The movie contains too much talking overall and I usually like French movies for that but not this time. I liked the acting and the costume drama and I liked the story itself, though two hours is definitely too long and for a non French speaking audience, not many are going to stay until the end. I nodded off the first time after 30 minutes and gave the film a late afternoon re-viewing earlier this afternoon.
Nothing offensive or conspiratorial about the movie. It simply dramatise a story from a book published a few years ago. Enjoy the movie for what it is and do not expect too much.
The music does come across as a little false and overdone but 6 from 10 is about right pitch for its rating.
this is one of the most moving and emotional movies which I have seen
in recent years. i have not cried in a movie as much since I last saw
Hachiko - a Dogs Story. This is, of course, a completely different kind
of movie, based on the true story of child deportation of unfortunate
children from Uk to Australia (without parents permission).
This is is a film drama and not a documentary but unlike other recent film release which are based on a true story, this film, appears to tell the true story as it was and some of the details revealed are extremely harrowing.
We go through the film with feeling for Margaret Humphreys the social worker as much for the lost children and Mothers who had lost contact with their children.
There is no fault with this film and we have to wonder what happened to those in authority at the places the children went in Australia and especially the Christian Brothers referred to.
An Unmissable film for every parent of a child and shows just how much faith parents place in the social welfare state of a civilised country like United Kingdom. Beware!
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