The Guitar (2007)
Average Rating: 4.6/10
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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A doomed woman discovers her creative spirit during a final fling with life in this independent drama. Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) is already having a bad day when she visits her doctor about a troubling lump in her throat -- her boyfriend has left her, and she's lost her job. However, this news pales in comparison to what her doctor (Janeane Garofalo) has to say: the lump is an inoperable cancer, and Melody has only a short time to live. Throwing caution to the wind, Melody rents a huge,
Nov 7, 2008 Wide
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The Guitar is a lark, at best, but when Burrows' healing indulgence extends to taking on lovers of both sexes, its goofiness acquires a certain hedonistic charm.
That the movie is easy on the eyes (Melody's fetching silhouette against those sunset river views) doesn't make it any less bogus.
Some new directors often opt for minimalism in the hope that less is more. This doesn't work for Amy Redford (Robert's daughter), who transitions from actress to filmmaker with The Guitar.
The movie has more clichéd rebirths in mind, and you'll resent where it goes.
Written by Amos Poe and directed with moxie by Amy Redford, it's the ultimate movie about optimism.
We've probably all wondered what we'd do if given a few short months to live and the premise of The Guitar takes one self indulgent option
A strong, kind-hearted start to a hopefully active career [for director Amy Redford].
An interesting premise is weakened by directorial callowness, tonal uncertainty and an unengaging central performance.
I was seduced by Melody's story. Sucked in, enjoying Amy Redford's film despite myself.
After spending 45 of the movie's 95 minutes in an orgy of consumerism, The Guitar suddenly speeds up its tempo and begins bombarding us with plot developments.
Without its weirdo visual flourishes, The Guitar would be completely reprehensible.
Saffron Burrows is commanding as a distraught woman who finds a novel way to cope with tragedy, but the movie constantly subverts realistic detail with the fantastic in ways that are not dramatically satisfying.
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