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The Inner Life of Martin Frost

The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2007)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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A successful American novelist who has retreated into the country following the publication of his most recent book meets a most mysterious muse in director/screenwriter Paul Auster's elliptic psychological drama. His latest novel an instant success, famous author Martin Frost (David Thewlis) decides to celebrate by spending some quality down time in a remote country home. Awakening his first morning in the house, Martin is shocked to find that he is sharing his bed with a stunningly beautiful

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Art House & International, Drama

Paul Auster

Feb 19, 2008

New Yorker Films

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The result plays like a half-baked tribute to Wings of Desire.

September 15, 2007
New York Times
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Strained dialogue, awkward mise-en-scene and weirdly uncomfortable thesping from superlative players contribute to a drearily self-reflective conceit.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Paul Auster's suffocating romance makes you feel as if you're helplessly stuck inside the head of the most pretentious person you know.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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So far, so good, right? Not really.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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What starts out as a clever exploration of consciousness quickly descends into underplotted folly.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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the conclusion comes across as tacked-on, padded to get the thing to feature length. That's an unfortunate way to wrap up an otherwise sweet little movie.

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The film's magical qualities magically eluded me.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Thanks to the lumbering pace of Auster's script and the lugubrious way he directs this ostensible romantic fantasy, Martin and his muse fail, miserably, to amuse.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fanciful and enganging metaphysical mystery about a writer, two beauties, love and the challenges of the creative process.

September 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The inner life of Martin Frost reeks of misogyny and the film that enshrines his egomania makes half-assed aspirations to Goethe.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Inner Life of Martin Frost

Martin Frost retreats to his friends' up-state cottage, and as a story comes upon him, he falls for a beautiful, mysterious woman. But when he finishes writing his story, she dies, and she miraculously comes back to life when he burns the only copy of the story. Together they must work out how to trick the hidden "muse gods" so that they can live together.
This is the plot of The Inner Life of Martin Frost, and like most of Auster's plots, it sounds simple to the point of banal, magical to the point that it defies suspension of disbelief. But these criticisms underestimate the feeling of an Auster story. His work rises organically out of the characters, seemingly created by the characters instead of their author. And this is the point of the film. Do we create our lives, or are the events that shape us brought upon us? This theme is similar to his novel The Travels in the Scriptorium, which includes cameos by characters in his other books.
Likewise, the film explores the relationship between an artist and his art. In Smoke Thomas responds to the story of Bakhtin smoking his book by saying, "No writer would do that." Apparently Martin Frost would. The question is would an artist sacrifice his art for his life? Auster says yes, but his eventual obsession with Claire and when he tries to turn her into art, we wonder if that "yes" is definitive.
Not many people on Flixster, including critics, liked this film, but fans of Paul Auster's fiction and existential, allegorical stories will be like pigs in shit.
November 20, 2010
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