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beautifully made. really strongly photographed and absorbing, with a caustic ambiguity.
There is probably one of the best single take scenes in this movie I've ever seen. The whole movie reeks of this perfectly seductive time and place that I want to envelop myself in. The dialogue is simultaneously banal and sexy.
My reaction suffered from the hyperbole surrounding the movie, but I found it engrossing enough and very handsomely made. It felt a little predictable and lacked a transcendent quality that I hoped for in the genre, in order to be entirely satisfied.
Thankfully buoyed by a darkly wry sense of humour that overcomes the pitfalls of it's mannered structuring and composition, which seems clichÃ©d and a bit easy, really. Has longueurs that tax patience, which might have been nixed had there been any attempt to add a bit of psychological depth or motivation to the scenario. Succeeds as a lesser work by way of comparison with films of Michael Haneke. Still, noteworthy for an absurdly horrific tone that manages to flex some sort of allegorical weight.
Hackneyed at best. Completely underwhelming as a movie, despite a great cast. There is zero drama, all built around a structure that keeps reiterating a beleaguered sense of self-satisfaction epitomised by it's central performance - a ghastly, meretricious imitation embellished by a garish looking fake beard.