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Posted on 12/06/04 08:50 AM
I posted this at the other site, but I figured I'd stick it in my journal anyway
I had no idea what this movie was about when I brought it home from work, just that it was Peter Jackson's, and the person who brought it back, who I know to be at least somewhat retarded (taste-wise anyway) hated it.
But wow, what a movie man. Kate Winslett and Melanie Lynsky totally own this film. The intensity that both of them (particularly Lynsky) bring to their roles is unreal.
This is the true story of two New Zealand girls who meet at 14 when Winslett's character comes to school after fighting some lung disease, by herself, in the Bahamas after her parents sent her there for 5 years to recover. They immediately form a bond and soon are inseperable. As their relationship grows into obsession, so grows their parent's worry. Eventually, they try to separate them, which sends both girls off the deep and and leads to a horrifying and heartbreaking conclusion.
The fact that the voice-over narration from Lynsky is taken directly from her characters old diarys helps this film immensely, and gives it a gravity that makes it stay with you for days after. I, for one, have been unable to get it out of my head since I saw it.
This review is probably a little vague and rambling, but it's hard for me to put my thoughts on it in order. Just that I loved it.