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Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson stated that they barely spoke a word to each other on set and were too exhausted to hang out together after a day of shooting because filming was so physically demanding due to the miserable weather conditions. While Pattinson stayed at a normal hotel with the rest of the film crew during the shot, Dafoe lived in a little fisherman cottage in solitude. On set, on the other hand, Pattinson would tend to eat and stay by himself in filming breaks, while Dafoe stayed with the crew. Both stated that they liked each other very much as soon as they had their first real conversation a few months later. See more »
Beautiful shot, experimental, but story was incoherent
This movie was visually stunning and I loved the use of movement and Willem Dafoe's intense dialogue and use of soliloquy's but some of the other elements felt contrived. Also the story is all over the place, I felt like the director just came up with stuff on a whim and just started shooting and just decided to throw a bunch of stuff together in the editing room. The tears in the movie felt contrived and some parts just didn't feel organic. But visually it's beautiful.
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