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Lost Embrace Reviews

August 12, 2005
As visually captivating as it is emotionally engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
The film's sophistication -- and it is an immensely sophisticated film -- lies in its refusal to tuck in too tightly its shirttails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2005
Plays out in a low-key but charming fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 13, 2005
Burman explored this world before in 2000's Waiting for the Messiah, but in Lost Embrace, his maturity results in a much tighter and engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2005
Burman succeeds in involving us with the kind of characters who don't normally find their way to the big screen.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 15, 2005
A beautifully crafted film. Full of intriguing tracking shots, broken into vignettes introduced with lyrical titles, it has a willfully patient pace.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2005
The wit with which Burman casts an almost Shakespearean longing for purpose and direction against the tiny confines of a seedy mall is adroit and inspired.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2005
Were it a book, it would go somewhere on the shelf with Jonathan Safran Foer and early Philip Roth. It also possesses traces of early Jean-Luc Godard and his wit with characters, as well as some of Wes Anderson's random silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2005
Burman's use of handheld camera and his editing convey the messiness of life in the mall's large extended family, but he never allows the hurly-burly of the setting to overwhelm Ariel's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 3, 2005
One of those foreign pictures that steeps us in a milieu so dense, yet so convincing, that we wind up believing and being beguiled by all its people and places.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2005
It's a film of unexpected, almost indescribable off-center charm that deepens as it goes on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 3, 2005
A precociously wise meditation on the crazy quilt of modern identity in general, and Jewish identity in particular.
January 28, 2005
Some will find it charming, others, exhausting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2005
An intimate, affectionate portrait of one tiny pocket of the world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2005
The tedious film might have been worth watching if Burman had given reasons to care about Ariel or anyone else. He doesn't and we don't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2005
A small movie about a small world, but its modesty is part of what makes it durable and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2005
Tilts toward preciousness but is rescued from its sentimental impulses by Hendler, whose captivating deadpan belies Ariel's abiding affection for the very people he can't wait to escape.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2005
Captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 25, 2005
It's 20 minutes too long -- forgivable in view of Burman's affection for his material.
January 3, 2005
A general lack of drama, a low-budget docu feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and perfs.