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Tuvalu (2002)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 7

Though a challenging watch, Tuvalu is visually striking and intriguingly quirky.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Though a challenging watch, Tuvalu is visually striking and intriguingly quirky.



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Tuvalu is the name of an island which Anton dreams of escaping to -- a dream which seems unlikely to come true, given that he works as the maintenance man at the dilapidated and largely deserted pool owned by his father. Located in the middle of nowhere, the pool has been going out of business for years, but Anton goes to elaborate measures to convince his blind father that the pool is still popular and frequented. When Anton's entrepreneur brother Gregor hatches a scheme to have the pool razed

Sep 24, 2002


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A fascinating work that never quite coalesces, Tuvalu finally becomes oppressively repetitive.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Tuvalu is astounding. It is also bizarre, challenging, and, at times, admirably overreaching.

May 31, 2002
Boston Globe
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This one-of-a kind charmer casts an immediate and delightful spell.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen, only less amusing.

December 14, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer.

December 13, 2001 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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The kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like Eraserhead, Delicatessen and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin.

December 7, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Tuvalu is like watching a Dali painting brought to life...and who wouldn't want to see that?

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

Intriguing but ultimately irritating misfire.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Fetishistic in its bemusement with gadgetry and painstaking in its slapstick-meets-high-emotion construction... Tuvalu is a decently engaging high farce, even if its influences are roundly on display.

September 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The film is relentlessly arty and much too stylistically bizarre for mainstream taste ... But it has its own peculiar charm.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

...give this wonderful, funny, clever little flick a try.

May 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Emil Christov's stunningly clear black and white cinematography presents images from another time, like a neo-Guy Maddin flick.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

They used to be called moving pictures, and the captivating Tuvalu reminds us why.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Recommended for its singular vision -- a concept executed with bravura style, intelligent curiosity, and playful wit.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Charming and a little tiresome.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Helmer's film is easy to enjoy as a mere romp, though it also can be read as a very thinly veiled allegory about post-Soviet Europe.

January 31, 2002
New Times

A gorgeous cough syrup hallucination -- the kind of beautiful, feverish dream to which you succumb while eardrum-piercingly high on over-the-counter cold medicine.

January 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A film this bizarre and spectacular can't be entirely written off.

December 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Undeniably the product of a singular and beautifully realized vision.

December 7, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Tuvalu

Can a picturesque but dilapidated Turkish bathhouse pass a government inspection, and can love between a poolboy and a female patron flourish after the girl's father is killed when a piece of the crumbling ceiling falls on him? This nearly silent, tinted experimental feature with slapstick tributes is beautiful to look at but difficult to follow; the set peices are excellent, in small doses, but my attention drifted overall.
March 14, 2012
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At first you really don't know what going on. But the uniqueness of the film is where it stands out.
September 13, 2008

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