In Colombia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, two political parties; The traditional liberal and conservative ¸ fought a series of civil wars for almost one hundred years of ... See full summary »
Victor Hugo Morant
Chronicle of life in a typical Colombian village where residents and visitors alike are induced by the soporific climate to lead lives of indolence. Not even the sight of cadavers floating in the river can shock them.
Jorge Andrade Rivera,
Juan Harvey Caycedo
Bruno Dumont follows up the controversial Twentynine Palms with this tale of a group of young soldiers who go off to war and experience some life-changing events. Flandres won the Grand Prix Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Amidst a wild flat meadow encircled by an Edenic lush forest, a couple have cocooned themselves in a secluded mansion that was not so long ago burned to the ground, devotedly restored by the supportive wife. Within this safe environment, the once famous middle-aged poet husband is desirous of creating his magnum opus; however, he seems unable to break out of the persistent creative rut that haunts him. Then, unexpectedly, a knock at the door, the sudden arrival of a cryptic late-night visitor and his intrusive wife will stimulate the writer's stagnant imagination. Little by little, much to the perplexed wife's surprise, the more chaos he lets in their haven, the better for his punctured male ego. In the end, will this incremental mess blemish, irreparably, the couple's inviolable sanctuary?Written by
Prior to the start of principal photography the cast rehearsed for three months in a warehouse during which time Aronofsky was able to "get a sense of movement and camera movement, and learn from that". See more »
When the Michelle Pfeiffer's character burns her hand on the skillet, her husband tells "Mother" to get some ice. As a medical doctor (he said earlier that he is a surgeon) he would know that applying ice to a burn can further damage the tissue. It would have been better to run her hand under cold water. See more »
Normally, horror movies traffic in fear of being startled.The feeling is similar to talking with someone who says "I'm going to jump at you" and then keeps up the threats: "you'll be startled, just watch... I'm going to make a loud noise... you'll not know when..."
That's annoying, but not very genuinely frightening, not any more than a champagne bottle in a dark room.
This movie instead confuses, frustrates, and deeply unsettles you. The logic in it is absurd and dreamlike. I've never come as close to having a nightmare while I was awake.
That's not what the average person wants. It's hard to enjoy a movie like that if you think you're smart so you spend time poking holes in absurd logic that is up-front about its absurdity. It's also hard to enjoy if you are in some other way dense or unempathetic. An average person looking for an engaging series of loud noises would be very upset with this movie.
I've not seen anything in theaters as bizarre and upsetting as this. It's very stressful. I hope it makes money. I want more directors to take risks.
Aside from the buzz, I'll say I've never been as moved by a movie. It captures powerlessness perfectly. It is the best movie I have seen.
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