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A Tale of Love and Darkness suggests greater things for debuting writer-director Natalie Portman -- even if its reach slightly exceeds her creative grasp.
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Whereas Oz's material, at its best, considers the nuances and subtleties of language, Portman's script reduces his writing to platitudes and cliches.
Portman ... paints a portrait of the Jewish state's fraught history, all with the confident authority of a filmmaker who is years beyond her debut.
A Tale of Love and Darkness loses itself in dreamy imagery, in its studiously crafted aesthetic. But there are times when Portman lets the toughness, the tenacity, the emotional heart of Oz's story shine through.
While A Tale of Love and Darkness is often difficult to watch -- because of all the sadness it presents -- it is also a beautiful film in that it makes us think about existing in a world where we do not completely fit in.
[Portman] has filmed the book according to its emotional meaning to her, and that's fine. What she hasn't done is whip it into shape as a compelling movie.
A passion project for the Jerusalem-born Portman and told primarily in Hebrew, she shows early promise behind the camera.
A Tale of Love and Darkness isn't a great film, but a respectable and commendable one that shows a lot of promise for the continued evolution of Portman's career.
It is an interesting choice for a filmmaker's debut... However, after watching, it seems like no one else could have pulled off this striking balance between romance and melancholy as well as Portman.
It's difficult to criticize this film without calling for an entirely different one... but I'll give Portman's film the credit for letting one imagine how differently it could have turned out.
A dreary downer.
A Tale of Love and Darkness is a sincere, heartfelt, and enormously emotionally impactful viewing experience, and is one of my favorite films released in 2016.
A solid historical drama that shows Portman's talent to get behind the camera after years of dazzling us in front of it. [Full review in Spanish]
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