Bernard and Doris Reviews

  • Jun 21, 2020

    Strong performances especially by Fiennes make it worth a watch.

    Strong performances especially by Fiennes make it worth a watch.

  • Apr 29, 2020

    The seventh art is changing. There are many things concerning the people's idea when it comes to appreciate a movie. Archetypes and cliché are pretty handy for an opinion.300 movie channels, Mega-Wide Screens and Series (ultra-violence comes with it), etc, are partly responsible for this turn. As that film stands exactly on the opposite of those trends, I approached it with circonspection but ended up with a forgotten feeling and the joy of having recovered a fully alive emotion.

    The seventh art is changing. There are many things concerning the people's idea when it comes to appreciate a movie. Archetypes and cliché are pretty handy for an opinion.300 movie channels, Mega-Wide Screens and Series (ultra-violence comes with it), etc, are partly responsible for this turn. As that film stands exactly on the opposite of those trends, I approached it with circonspection but ended up with a forgotten feeling and the joy of having recovered a fully alive emotion.

  • Dec 09, 2019

    Descent into alcoholism, the descent into serious illness & aging. Both characters are facing their own challenges. I will never forget the amazing heart breaking last scene with Susan Sarandon eyes looking communication no words, stroke, only with the intention for loving kindness, intimacy and the soul searching eyes of someone drinking in life deeply and hungrily as they see everything, feel everything internal & external. Best ever death scene. A woman who in real life only grew richer, set up a beautiful breathtaking Hawaii based Islamic Art Museum. Months to get tickets. Scholarships for students to study Islamic arts and dance. It's a loving tribute to a great philanthropist and a woman ahead of her time. I gave it 4/5. I was gripped to the last scene.

    Descent into alcoholism, the descent into serious illness & aging. Both characters are facing their own challenges. I will never forget the amazing heart breaking last scene with Susan Sarandon eyes looking communication no words, stroke, only with the intention for loving kindness, intimacy and the soul searching eyes of someone drinking in life deeply and hungrily as they see everything, feel everything internal & external. Best ever death scene. A woman who in real life only grew richer, set up a beautiful breathtaking Hawaii based Islamic Art Museum. Months to get tickets. Scholarships for students to study Islamic arts and dance. It's a loving tribute to a great philanthropist and a woman ahead of her time. I gave it 4/5. I was gripped to the last scene.

  • Apr 17, 2017

    Lacking but good Acting. Doris Duke had a interesting and troubled life but this movie did not capture that..things were dulled down. Would have been better as a Short HBO series. That way more time could have been spent.

    Lacking but good Acting. Doris Duke had a interesting and troubled life but this movie did not capture that..things were dulled down. Would have been better as a Short HBO series. That way more time could have been spent.

  • Sep 08, 2015

    Acting excels directing & writing, once again.

    Acting excels directing & writing, once again.

  • Jun 24, 2015

    personal favorite of Susan Sarandon's. never knew anything about Doris Duke before this movie but Sarandon's just lovingly great and totally attractive (especially with blond hair). loving the parts when Doris is getting older and sicker. do not care about how many part of the movie that's based on true event, but for Sarandon and Fiennes' fans, it's a must watch.

    personal favorite of Susan Sarandon's. never knew anything about Doris Duke before this movie but Sarandon's just lovingly great and totally attractive (especially with blond hair). loving the parts when Doris is getting older and sicker. do not care about how many part of the movie that's based on true event, but for Sarandon and Fiennes' fans, it's a must watch.

  • Oct 30, 2013

    interesno filmce, te drzi da go gledas do kraj, i kako i sekogas Ralph Fiennes fenomenalno glumi

    interesno filmce, te drzi da go gledas do kraj, i kako i sekogas Ralph Fiennes fenomenalno glumi

  • Oct 21, 2013

    Susan and Ralph give an outstanding performance in this quite drama of the wealthy and their desire for an individual of moral integrity and trust. Relationships are hard to find and more so for the rich and famous and this comes across beautifully in this ever so perfect movie. Gentle cinematography brings the heartfelt tenderness forward. Nibbles: Salmon Fish Cakes.

    Susan and Ralph give an outstanding performance in this quite drama of the wealthy and their desire for an individual of moral integrity and trust. Relationships are hard to find and more so for the rich and famous and this comes across beautifully in this ever so perfect movie. Gentle cinematography brings the heartfelt tenderness forward. Nibbles: Salmon Fish Cakes.

  • Jun 13, 2013

    Waldo Taft (James Rebhorn): For all I knew you might have been locked in the attic like Baby Jane. Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon): That's Blanche. Baby Jane had the keys. This was a bittersweet, little artsy film, it kind of makes one envious of Ms. Dukes fortunate and yet seeing how that same fortunate has alienated her from the rest of society was kind of sad. Doris and Bernard's relationship was an interesting though; I hope it was fairly close to the film because it would be unfortunate if Bernard was nothing more than another "gold-digger" who manipulated a lonely old woman out of her fortune. There's enough of those kind of tales, it would be nice to think that Doris rewarded Bernard's loyalty and friendship justly and Bernard in turn did his best to honor her memory and their friendship.

    Waldo Taft (James Rebhorn): For all I knew you might have been locked in the attic like Baby Jane. Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon): That's Blanche. Baby Jane had the keys. This was a bittersweet, little artsy film, it kind of makes one envious of Ms. Dukes fortunate and yet seeing how that same fortunate has alienated her from the rest of society was kind of sad. Doris and Bernard's relationship was an interesting though; I hope it was fairly close to the film because it would be unfortunate if Bernard was nothing more than another "gold-digger" who manipulated a lonely old woman out of her fortune. There's enough of those kind of tales, it would be nice to think that Doris rewarded Bernard's loyalty and friendship justly and Bernard in turn did his best to honor her memory and their friendship.

  • Oct 29, 2012

    Except for the performances, not very interesting.

    Except for the performances, not very interesting.