Pilot for a proposed television anthology series with stories about love, either dramatic or comedic. In this pilot, there were three different segments: in the first, a computer falls in ... See full summary »
Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »
Yoav's demons start haunting him after his best friend becomes pregnant without telling him, and after his boyfriend of 15 years starts talking about children too. His life unravels, and self-destruction seems inevitable.
Peace in the Fields takes place around 1925. Stanne a wealthy Flemish farmer, is alleged to have murdered his fiancée 20 years before. Although the case against him was dismissed fierce ... See full summary »
In 1925 the young florentine typographer Mario moves to via del Corno to be near his girl-friend Bianca. Here he becomes friends with Maciste, his landlord, and Ugo, anti-fascists both of ... See full summary »
Anna Maria Ferrero,
At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) meets his Aunt Augusta Bertram (Dame Maggie Smith), an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him ... See full summary »
Louis Gossett Jr.
Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »
TIME magazine ranked Rachel Weisz's performance in the film as the fourth best performance of 2012 (November 2012), while New York Magazine named it the "Film Performance of the Year" (November 2012). See more »
This is a very frustrating film to watch. The premise is good and it is thought-provoking, but only because of Weisz's deep understanding and subtle portrayal of the character that should have been developed but never was...
The flashbacks were not well done. They actively obscured an incomplete and hard to follow plot. We never see the relationships develop or deteriorate or are we given any understanding of the protagonist. There are some effective scenes, such as tea at Mother's but not enough to pull it all together. It was as if we were missing an entire chunk of plot to explain why this all happened - actually, what all happened?
Yet despite all of this, with what little she was given to work with, Rachel Weisz did make me understand her character, the importance of appearances and the stiff upper lip, the unexpectedness of the mid-life blooming of her teenage passions and the coming to terms with all of this stuff that is not in the sonnets or old masters that she was brought up with...
It is not just a case of subtle undercurrents in a restrained British film being missed by an American audience - those moments really are not there. We rely on the characters to tell us about their feelings and the motivations of others rather than witnessing them for the most part.
Still worth seeing for those few moments when you can peer into the protagonist's soul and understand why she is being as annoyingly childish as she is...
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this