Twentynine Palms (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Twentynine Palms
A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.
In Twentynine Palms, writer and director Bruno Dumont takes his cultural revenge on the United States, attacking countless American stereotypes and in the process reinforcing an equal number of cliches about arrogant French auteurs.
It's alternately monotonous, hot and dramatic, which makes for a peculiar, not entirely unsatisfying atmosphere of neo -- or is that post? -- noir.
[Dumont] forces viewers to question not only what's on the screen, but ultimately, the very nature of reality.
Audience Reviews for Twentynine Palms
[font=Century Gothic]In Bruno Dumont's "Twentynine Palms", Dave is a photographer scouting locations in the California desert along with his French girlfriend, Katia. They are your typical couple, alternating bouts of lovemaking and arguing. But the real star of this movie is the beautifully desolate landscape that occasionally looks like it could be the surface of another planet. [/font][font=Century Gothic]"Twentynine Palms" is definitely an unsettling provocation that stays with you.[/font]
Provocative but not relentless.I remote myself in a vast plain,mingled with the sky's peacefulness.I wouldn't wish though to have such temper aside of me.Palms as a fake plastic manuscript of thoughts and determinations.The couple is disjointed and yet so loving you feel their inner loss towards the end.Dumont shows how much a film can present without shaky camera movement and a classic film-making persona.The outcast figure.
It's hard to imagine anything less enjoyable than Twentynine Palms, California, but the movie achieves all that and less.
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