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What emerges is a hypnotic, strangely wistful and affecting portrait.
The film's emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players.
There's no sense that the film recognizes its own absurd elements.
The sort of movie in which one character will say "Love destroys everything; love is an illusion" to another character mere seconds after the two characters are introduced.
The movie proves to be a fragile conceit. It's as likely to fall apart and cause frustration as it is to induce a reverie.
Atmosphere and nostalgia trump all in Pushkin-loving romance.
With far too much focus on form and feeling rather than a coherent story and character depth, the filmmaker diminishes what the meaning of cinema is all about. And opts instead for the silent imagery and still gaze more suited to the medium of fine art.
A leisurely-paced, operative love story with well-nuanced performances. If there were any justice, it would be nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Set Design and Best Cinematography.
As lifeless as its heroine, whose fate is so baldly spelled out in that title, this period confection strives for high romance but achieves mere ennui.
There's a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long-and certainly not for two grueling hours.
A sumptuous production about a courtesan and a young man who tries to win her away from a rich count.
Though consistently watchable, never plucks the heartstrings in the way of a great star-crossed romance.
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