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Adapted from "Le Retour des cendres / Return from the ashes" (1965) by Hubert Monteilhet. See more »
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This is a beautifully tragic story all about love and betrayal. It's very heartbreaking, so be prepared for many scenes to tug at your heartstrings. It's also wonderfully acted and shot, going from post war ruins into a more established society, making every scene worthwhile and have purpose. Pheonix does entertain throughout, though it is depressingly sad, and it will take a lot of energy out of you.
Pheonix is one of the most heartbreaking love stories ever told. It's highly emotional, but what would have made it even more tear jerking is if the soundtrack was replaced. However, with all that said, Pheonix could go down in history as a fantastic post war film, in fact, one of the best. A truly original and sad exploration of the cruelty and greed of human nature.
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