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Dogmatic and dull.
This is a very dogmatic, unfocused and, worst of all, a dull film. The premise is poetic, rather beautiful in fact, and had the potential to be interesting. But the metaphors are laid on too thick and too fast, relying on stereotypes of femininity to justify Freudian psychological damage, and religious iconography as a redemptive pursuit. The Mother / Whore figure as a sole cause of all the trauma the main protagonist, and Christianity is his only saviour. I will point out that I have nothing against religious iconography in a film, or films about faith in Christianity. But the heavy handed nature of the treatment of Christian doctrine restricts the viewing pleasure for a none Estonian, none Christian viewer to a level of analytical study over film pleasure.
The frustratingly obtuse and ambiguous dialogue may be poorly translated, or simply lose the impact in the course of translation. But if the subtitles are an accurate representation of what is said on screen, it's clear that the film was made for an extremely select audience. An audience with an extensive biblical knowledge in order to derive sense from the sections of prayer (or song I am unsure which)that intersect each section.
One of the films few redeeming features in the central performance from the elderly man one the island. The film is carried through on the basis of his performance. Without his presence, and the use of a cut away to a book to indicate the start of each section,the film would simply lose all momentum, drifting aimlessly from one scene to another.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
Bollywood for Westerns. My first Bollywood movie!
I have to confess, apart from a few exception (certain Disney films and Grease), I hate traditional musicals. Singing In The Rain, My Fair Lady, Oliver Twist all grate on me. Now, I will admit that I had already decided before the film started that I would not enjoy it, but I have been happily converted. I can say that this film has not only changed the way I view musicals but the entire Bollywood industry. Bollywood movies can not be view to a set of Western standards, simply because the Bollywood film has a long and rich history of its own that more than justifies and validates being view on its own terms. One viewing of a good example from the Bollywood cannon and this will be very clear. They contain a stylistic flourish and grandeur unseen by Western audiences since Moulin Rouge.
The first song and dance number will be stuck in my head for months, its easy to see why movie music equals pop music in India. The melodrama was over the top and, by my normal viewing standards laughable, but it was in-keeping with the grandeur and OTT aspects of the film. It enhanced the viewing experience and I was genuinely touch and moved by several scenes. I don't often admit to things like that so please don't take it lightly! The running time is admittedly quite daunting. I have personally never seen a film of this length that was not about a war in one way or another. But I have been informed that this is an industry standard, and something which becomes second nature to the viewer experience. The male dancers and their costumes did raise a chuckle due to sheer disregarded for the conventions that I have been trained to accept as normal, but that's my problem. And even at that I can't say it affect my experience in a bad way.
This may all come across as somewhat patronising. "Hay, this chessy Bollywood stuff isn't as crap I thought." But I assure you all, this is not my intention. I would strongly urge you to see this shamelessly, warm, sweet, loving, funny film as a valuable edition to your movie memories and an efficient counter balance to the majority the hollow, fake dirge Hollywood have been turning out this year. I would watch another Shahrukh Khan film over Ben "F-ing" Affleck any day!