Critic Reviews for Tuvalu
A fascinating work that never quite coalesces, Tuvalu finally becomes oppressively repetitive.
Tuvalu is astounding. It is also bizarre, challenging, and, at times, admirably overreaching.
A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen, only less amusing.
Still in the mood for something offbeat and phantasmagoric? Check out this charming German import by Veit Helmer.
The kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like Eraserhead, Delicatessen and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin.
Audience Reviews for Tuvalu
Can a picturesque but dilapidated Turkish bathhouse pass a government inspection, and can love between a poolboy and a female patron flourish after the girl's father is killed when a piece of the crumbling ceiling falls on him? This nearly silent, tinted experimental feature with slapstick tributes is beautiful to look at but difficult to follow; the set peices are excellent, in small doses, but my attention drifted overall.
Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. Imagine watching a Dali painting brought to life. The film is relentlessly arty and much too stylistically bizarre for mainstream taste ... But it has its own peculiar charm. Like watching a synthesis of Guy Maddin and Buster Keaton with European sensibilities.
What a wonderful movie! yes, it's like Metropolis remade by Guy Maddin as a Jean-Pierre Jeunet love story, but somehow it's so much more than that. Every directorial choice Helmer made, from the perfect casting, to keeping the dialog gestural and nearly non-verbal, to the childishly simple plot, to filming in sepiatone with hand-tinted accents, adds up to pure cinematic magic. A movie that reminds you why you love movies.
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