A Pure Formality (1994)
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Critic Reviews for A Pure Formality
Convincing psychological thriller that challenges us to consider the thin line between fantasy and reality.
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Audience Reviews for A Pure Formality
Many say that the movie is underrated, but if it's so, it's reasonable. Most of the public in general won't be able to figure out wtf the whole movie was about (sometimes, even spoon-feeding becomes inevitable.....and that goes for me too). The movie also leaves you with many questions unanswered, which also, IMO, is not welcomed by general viewer. As for me, I was impressed with the way the movie moved forward, but as soon as I began to get signs of symbolism, I was kinda put off. After that point, I watched the rest of the movie for a pure formality. Besides, the ending of the movie isn't epic either (based on the assumption that I got it right). So there would be an elite group reserved for this 'different' kind of cinema that would be able to appreciate it, but I can't say how many of the rest would. P.S. When I say "public in general", it includes me too (knew it already?). And all this blah-blah is just my opinion, and it can be wrong as it happens more often than not!!! So don't let it discourage you if you're going for it.
Well directed & acted & fun to watch but nothing more, The twist doesn't work well & it spoils the film's intensity & seriousness & makes the whole thing a bit ridiculous
This is an odd film if you consider that it's coming from the guy who made 'Cinema Paradiso.' It's essentially a near-2-hour Twilight Zone piece. I guess that by making this Tornatore was trying to branch out as a filmmaker, but he's not nearly as successful here as he was with 'Paradiso.' This film is often quite murky, and I'm not sure that the ending really works, but Depardieu and Polanski are excellent, and certain moments of their interaction are wonderfully compelling.
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