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Tuvalu (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 June 2000 (Germany)
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In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and ... See full summary »

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Veit Helmer

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Michaela Beck (screenplay), Veit Helmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lavant ... Anton
Chulpan Khamatova ... Eva (as Chulpan Hamatova)
Philippe Clay ... Karl
Terrence Gillespie Terrence Gillespie ... Gregor
Catalina Murgea Catalina Murgea ... Martha
E.J. Callahan ... Inspector
Djoko Rosic Djoko Rosic ... Gustav (as Djoko Rossich)
Zlatina Todeva Zlatina Todeva ... Old Woman
Todor Georgiev Todor Georgiev ... Policeman
Georgi Kishkilov Georgi Kishkilov ... Homeless
Petar Evangelatov Petar Evangelatov ... Homeless
Evgeni Jermanov Evgeni Jermanov ... Homeless
Blajo Nikolic Blajo Nikolic ... Homeless
Krikor Hugasjan Krikor Hugasjan ... Homeless (as Krikor Hugasian)
Alexander Dikov Alexander Dikov ... Homeless
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In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and unsophisticated, and he falls in love with the beautiful Eva, who comes to bathe with her father. When Eva and her father lose their home, they come to the bathhouse to stay, but bits of the ceiling fall on the old man and he dies. Eva blames Anton, and she seems to seek the arms of the brute Gregor. Can Anton win back her heart, get the bathhouse through a rigorous government inspection, and help keep his parents employed? Waiting out there somewhere is the paradise isle of Tuvalu. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Eine Reise in die Welt der Träume

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

None

Release Date:

22 June 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tuvalu, az álomsziget See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,336, 17 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$408,744, 6 October 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not entirely original, but yet a good movie
9 March 2000 | by jpintoSee all my reviews

I had the chance to see this movie in the Porto, Portugal film festival Fantasporto 2000. The story revolves around a decadent public swimming pool, run by a blind old man who's mind still lives in the building's days of glory. It focuses on the people still using it, and on the persons still working there: a woman with a fixation on buttons and one of the old man's sons, who struggles to keep the building alive. The antagonist is the old man's other son who eagerly waits for the destruction of the building so he can build condo's.

I found the concept of making a film without dialogs very interesting. Although people might think this could make the film boring and hard to follow, this doesn't happen at all. Merit goes to the actors, who deliver a very expressive and quality performance, without falling into ridicule, and to the rhythm given to the plot.

Regarding directing and photography, all is presented neatly, but I can't help mentioning the similarities to Emir Kusturica's (namely in the portraying of the 'post-apocalyptic' universe and the nonsense touch of the plot) and to Jeunet & Caro's work (the building and the 'impossible romance' between the main characters is shown very similarly to Delicatessen). Although this impairs a bit the final result, I believe that in the end it is a nice movie which most people will enjoy and be surprised with (specially if they haven't seen any Kusturica or Jeunet & Caro movie).


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