The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea (1976)
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Highly disturbing film...
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difficult to watch, it takes too much time attempting to make the viewer feel at home, yet disturbed. the camera work at times tries to look as though it is a documentary, but not always at the right moments. some shots just linger far too long to serve any purpose. there is a good chance i would have given this a higher rating had the cut of the film been better. cut out shots lingering on the boys gaze and shortening the sex scenes to a minimum of the most intense parts would have worked better. the scenes of the boats and the sea would then be at odds with the sex and romance and it would be a visible experience that i think would help the story. i would have to say, that although this film left me with some strange feelings, it was at least an interesting voyage (to japan). :D heh heh.
Apparently this is unreleased on DVD as of yet, so the version I saw had awful sound editing and quality. Nevertheless, the photography of coastal scenery is thankfully intact. A very 70s feel in this odd drama, suffering from bad pacing and awkward softcore sex scenes. The themes of this film are still relevent though, in terms of generational gaps between defiant adolescents and adults. The one in this particular film, about precocious puberty enabling moral nihilism, is quite heavy and similar to The Lord of the Flies, except this film is more disturbing with its implications. This plot is cross cut by a romantic one where characters in need of a stationary figure fill each other's voids. And together, it makes the resolution a real shock. A film that stays with you when you finish it, and whose actors act well, but whose pacing can kill the film.
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