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Critic Reviews for Archipelago
In scene after scene, meaning sneaks in and sometimes roars.
This is a beautifully distilled and literally still work that lingers in the mind long after its conclusion.
'Archipelago' confirms Hogg as a daring and mischievous artist, and a major British talent whose next move will be intriguing.
As much as a downbeat comedy of bourgeois mores, Archipelago is a sort of claustrophobic horror story, set in a place of no easy escape.
Audience Reviews for Archipelago
As much as a downbeat comedy of bourgeois mores, Archipelago is a sort of claustrophobic horror story, set in a place of no easy escape as it exposes the fault-lines of an upper middle-class British family on holiday.
It has its moments, but over all it very forgettable. Not a lot happens and not much is explained--little character development. The actors also seem to have very little dialogue to go on and appear to be improvising, more like scrambling, a lot.
Beautifully filmed and naturally acted, the simmering tensions which give way to arguments often heard but not seen feel real and incisive. But it is hard to care too much about these characters' thoughts, feelings and motivations when they are clearly so STAGGERINGLY WEALTHY that they can afford a getaway to the very expensive Isles of Scilly *AND* employ a full time cook/maid/cleaner and pursue activities such as painting, picnics, dining at expensive restaurants and "gap years" in Africa. But for all that there's genuine visual style, superb performances and the conjuring of mood that at times often feels mysterious.
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