Twentynine Palms (2004)

Twentynine Palms

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: A muddled and inconsequential drama.


Movie Info

David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave L.A. to explore the desert terrain in search of a natural set for a magazine photo-shoot. The attractive couple finds a motel at 29 Palms, and subsequently spends their days on their four-wheelers, discovering the Joshua Tree Desert. Driving around with utter freedom, they lose themselves on nameless roads and trails. Frantically making love all the time and most everywhere, they regularly fight. Inevitably, David and … More

Rating: R (language, violence, some sexual content, and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Bruno Dumont
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Twentynine Palms

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16)

A textbook example of how a director can strip away plot, motivation, character, and meaning and still leave arrant pretension standing tall.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Muddled.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

It's alternately monotonous, hot and dramatic, which makes for a peculiar, not entirely unsatisfying atmosphere of neo -- or is that post? -- noir.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Washington Post
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[Dumont] forces viewers to question not only what's on the screen, but ultimately, the very nature of reality.

Full Review… | May 20, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

[Brown Bunny] sports the narrative complexity of War and Peace compared with Twentynine Palms.

Full Review… | April 27, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Twentynine Palms

½

[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]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

jimbotender
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

½

I'm not sure what to take from this. I take this to be what The Brown Bunny is, which I have not seen. It is a lot of desert driving, arguing and sex. The scenes are described as "sensually realistic", and that is pretty accurate, but it doesn?t tell you that the aimless desert driving and hiking is sedately realistic. And there is a lot of it. A lot. That is, until the big thing happens. And what the hell was that Is that supposed to be what is out there in the beauty of the Joshua Tree Park?

I know there is more to the story, or that there is supposed to be, but it gets lost in almost 90 minutes of mind-numbingly boring bickering and sex. You feel no attachment to these people. The only thing that saves this movie from being worthless are the great performances by the two people. Everything except the sex scenes are touching and bearable. The howling, not so much.

iamthethinman
Lee B

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