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A brilliant film! Not to be missed!!
I cannot even describe how brilliant this film is. I was so moved and disturbed by the film. It is a gripping portrayal of how humans take advantage of one another, and how greed and selfishness can affect people. The acting in the film was absolutely BRILLIANT. Nicole Kidman's beautiful and nuanced performance is NOT TO BE MISSED.It is the best one of her career (followed closely by THE HOURS and TO DIE FOR). Kudos also go to Paul Bettany, Ben Gazzara, Stellan Sarsgard and Chloe Sevigny for absolutely pitch perfect performances.
The concept of the film was also brilliant. The use of minimal set and putting the whole thing in the chalk outline of a small town gave it such an alienating quality that was absolutely gripping. It is a cinematic Our Town, only darker (if possible).
Something must also be said for Patricia Clarkson's performance. I cannot believe I forgot about her earlier. WOAH!!! Amazing. The Best Thing I've ever seen her do.
I cannot tell you how wonderful and brilliant this movie is. It's three hour running time was the best Three hours of my week. I cannot believe that this film was not recognized by more of the mainstream awards in the US. Especially the Best Acting Ensemble award at the SAG's. The ensemble of this movie was STELLAR. Absolutely AMAZING!!! I cannot say enough about this film. IT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!