Having just finished watching this movie for the third time on a recently released in France DVD, I feel an obligation to recommend this movie wholeheartedly and unreservedly to any movie buff. The sheer visual brilliance of this oeuvre will retain your imagination for many days to come, let alone the mesmerizing and murderous child who eats nothing but garlic. Granted, the movie's plotline is very uneven - but then Mr. Ruiz was writing the next installment of the script the day before shooting it. Two crews were working on this film: one filming the actors and another one patiently waiting for the appropriate view of the island and the sea. An artist was employed to paint on a glass through which the sea was shot (all this information is narrated by Mr. Ruiz himself in a bonus interview on the DVD). The camera work is characteristically virtouso, with elaborate long shots that defy all laws of possibility and very impressive editing.
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