Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to ...
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Two young women from very different backgrounds journey into the countryside seeking respite from unsatisfactory lives and relationships, but ultimately find that there is no way back to the world they once knew.Written by
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Messidor is not only the original Thelma and Louise, in my opinion, it is far more realistic and believable in its plotting and action. I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Thelma and Louise. However, the film also shows more of the realistic but negative side of the life of fugitives... though the cinematography of Messidor is fantastic, with panoramic views of the Swiss countryside, some of the longer visual sequences may seem extraneous to those who might be anticipating non-stop action. Yet the game of adventure that the girls play lacks the aftertaste of Hollywood artifice, seeming truly spontaneous, natural, and creating a more lasting impact with the resulting consequences. Moreover, the film's dialogue and characterization are strong. Having seen Messidor, I can now understand why this film is considered a classic.
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