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Longing intrigues because it presents an outwardly decent man falling equally in love with two women but eschews simplistic judgments.
[Director] Grisebach makes good use of her low-budget and nonprofessional leads. Just as the story is minimalist, so too is the documentary-like film's look: long static takes and tons of close-ups.
Grisebach's magnificent and moving chamber drama is a roaring mouse that offers ample room for extrapolation though its episodic editing, with Dardenne-style observations so astute that typically inexpressible passions and angst become raw and visible.
It would be wrong to overpraise Longing; it's a modest film, but richly rewarding and full of promise for the future.
A mightily impressive feature debut by German writer-director Valeska Grisebach.
The restrained visual style (you could almost call it icy) conveys an all but clinical objectivity-there are numerous segments in the film that could easily pass as documentary.
simple and hushed, and that might be the key to the whole dang thing.
A German film strongly influenced by the Dardenne brothers. Using nonprofessionals in a naturalistic setting, it tells about the consequences of "careless love".
A Michael Haneke-lite wank job.
Challenges the usual guilt-free male narrative inventions, the misogynistic cliches about the conniving other women who tempt men to stray from their marriages, and conversely the frigid or shrewish wives who drive them into adultery.
In the end, it fails to tug the heartstrings.
It is shot like a documentary and set in an almost comically mundane smalltown, but it deals with elemental forces and grand, romantic themes.
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