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Eldra (2003)

A gypsy girl arrives in Bethesda to stay with her grandparents.

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Iona Jones ... Eldra
Rhys Richards ... Ernest
Leisa Mereid ... Edith
John Ogwen ... Taid
Maureen Rhys ... Nain
Gareth Wyn Roberts ... Robat
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Iwan Roberts ... Dafydd
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A gypsy girl arrives in Bethesda to stay with her grandparents.

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Chosen by the British Academy of Film and Television to represent the UK in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category at the 2003 Oscars only after the AMPAA took the highly unusual step of rejecting the UK's initial entry The Warrior (2001) because, although the latter film had a British-born director (of Indian ancestry) and was co-produced by three British companies, the film did not qualify as British since "Hindi was not a language indigenous to the U.K." See more »

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complete waste of time
25 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

First of all I want to say that I'm absolutely not focused on big-budget Hollywood movies or star-filled blockbusters at all. I really enjoy watching independent movies from various contries from time to time. I saw this film at a local theatre where it was part of an "International Film-Weekend", so I knew in advance that this one doesn't offer any special-effects or proper editing (which this movie REALLY lacks of). Well... as long as there's a good story, interresting dialogs or nice scenery... so what.

But those things are exactly what's missing in that movie.

For about an hour I really tried very hard to concentrate on what's going on... hoping it all fits to the whole story itself... or leads to some point of "the story" later on. But from there on it really was more than clear that it had no point at all. It was just lousy dialogs with no sense or meaning behind it.

And... I really don't want to be arrogant. But the "funny passages" (which obviously were meant to be so) didn't even make me grin... and you really have to be some sort of "simple-minded" to really laugh about it.

You might say now: "This isn't a thriller, drama or deeply thoughtful movie! Just lean back, relax and enjoy the acting!"

Well... if at least the acting would have been worth mentioning then I surely would have. But even then it would have been hard, because these constant harp-tunes and folk-songs hurt my ears. (But that's - as always - individually different.)

As I see it this movie just tries to show the life/world of a little girl... her thoughts... the village she lives in - including some side-characters from there.

Maybe I am to "simple-minded" myself to understand what all this is worth watching... but I tell you what: I don't care! :-)

Finally I just have to say: If I want to watch a movie about (funny!) children with interresting stories I turn on the TV and watch some "Pipi Longstocking" on the children's program.


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