Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli) (1988)
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Critic Reviews for Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)
There are some visually striking and dramatically effective moments in this film about two children who leave home for Germany in search of their father, but the 126 minutes seemed to last forever.
If the overall tone is bleak in its portayal of betrayals, loneliness and disillusionment, Angelopoulos' assured control of mood, Giorgos Arvanitis' superb camerawork, and the kids' glowing performances provide ample pleasures.
There are sights in the film that once seen cannot be forgotten.
To say that the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos is a movie poet doesn't mean that the poetry isn't patience-trying or mediocre.
Unfortunately, Angelopoulos' conceptual grip is so vise-like that these two never seem to break out into anything resembling the spontaneous behavior of kids.
Audience Reviews for Landscapes in the Mist (Topio stin omichli)
Surprisingly good. It might be a little slow in the first half of it, but it is important for the construction of character in the story. Direction was amazing.
Pretty haunting, but the languoring shots didn't really make sense to me. Call me impatient, but after awhile, I don't care to stare at that lighthouse anymore.
Those negative reviews on this film by American cinema critics who only can see things in the totally Hollywood-oriented way are pathetic. As Greek and for Greek, Angelopoulos continues to tell stories in very Greek style - like old spectacular and emotional Greek myths, and that's what I admire of him most. Great story, great mise-en-scene as usual (although music is little bit too loud), great performance by child actors, great cinematography, and above all, great tempo (which is comparatively slow to these "mainstream" or "Hollywood" films). This film is definitely something not only to just "watch" but to "take part in" and "experience."