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[Its] admirable intentions don't make up for its muddled execution.
There might be an engaging film buried beneath the severe dialogue, portentous music and ominous shadows of "1915." But a relentless and heavy-handed script makes the effort to find it seem futile.
The film plays out like a pensive, high-minded version of "Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
1915 suffers from simplifying the complex and opaque.
The great modern film made by Armenians about their greatest catastrophe remains to be made, I guess.
Despite its narrative clumsiness, 1915 does an impressive job of balancing different perspectives and concerns around the issue of remembrance, perhaps seeking to provoke more open dialogue on the subject.
There are many solemnly striking images, thanks in large part to the haunting faces of the actors, but the story is muddled, unfocused and pounded across with sledgehammers.
I want to know more about the history of the Armenian Massacre but found myself being told of the problems producing a play in current-day Los Angeles.
Thankfully, after this rocky start, the filmmakers largely find their footing to deliver riveting storylines that provide important history lessons along the way.
1915 is sadly dull and didactic, even within the parameters of a film whose primary purpose is to educate rather than entertain.
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