The Man Who Cried Reviews
Fegele (later Suzi) grows up in Russia in a small Jewish settlement. Her father leaves the family to seek his fortune in America. After he has left, the settlement is burnt to the ground, and many die. After reports of this, the father does not look for his daughter.
Suzi gets evacuated to England, and learns other languages there. When she is a bit older, she expresses an interest in singing and show business, and gets a berth in Paris. There she meets Lola, another expat Russian; Cesar, a gypsy; Dante, an Italian opera singer; Felix, who runs the musicals that Dante stars in.
Paris is OK for Suzi for a while, but eventually the Nazis get closer, and closer, then take Paris. After a period of occupation, it becomes clear that she should leave. She would like to stay with Cesar, but he advises her to go. Lola gets tickets for Lola and Suzi, and they get on a ship headed for America.
Do they make the crossing safely? Does Suzi find her father in America?
Cinematography: 9/10 Fine looking picture for the most part.
Sound: 8/10 OK.
Acting: 5/10 Kudos to Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, and Cate Blanchette for individual performances. The chemistry between characters seemed a bit lacking, though. John Turturro was a major detriment, especially the dreadfully fake lip-synching. His portrayal of a racist bully was fairly good, but did not make up for the rotten performance as a singer.
Screenplay: 5/10 This was a nice 15 minute story stretched over 99 minutes.
--- Cesar (Johnny Depp).
I didn't know what to expect from this film: for one thing, it stars the ubber funny and talented, John Turturro (Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski), and for another the title was a little odd, like a fable; so, I wasn't sure if I was to expect a comedy or a fairy tale. But after reading the synopsis, I see it's not as light as I first believe; in fact, it's exactly the opposite. Everyone did a really awesome job, Ricci was an odd casting choice since I'm sure there's a bevy of capable Bristish actresses who could've filled the role, but Ricci is an indie sweetheart, so I guess it's not really surprising. Cate Blanchett (Lola) is as usual superb and Johnny Depp was so cute (but a hint creepy), but John Torturro takes the cake, he was simply awesome as the devilish Dante. Overall the subject matter was really interesting, the acting was good and the conclusion was satisfying, plus seeing a young Johnny Depp is always a visual treat!