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It's Nobel Prize time and the Castelmans are on their way to Stockholm to pick up his Literature Prize. From the outset, the relationship of man and wife is complex- at moments warm and playful, at others isolated and dark. In other words- realistic. But secrets twist around this couple like snakes in a garden and strike at unlikely moments. The acting for the most part was right on the mark, though the biographer was too slimy to be good. Loved the piece because it was a movie for adults- complex, layered, and dealt with big themes.
Cartoon all the way through. It was a true story. It could have been told with a minimum of nuance that would make it real and relatable. Instead, it was a sledgehammer with the usual stereotypes. Adam Driver was the only actor who bothered to act, and he did a great job. The ending felt tacked on so that the audience would walk away with some kind of powerful feeling, because the script certainly didn't provide it...
Marvelous. Quirky. Touching. The story of a man who is determined to get a piano for his daughter. When all of the usual routes fail, he and his friends build an instrument for her. Their stories intertwine and with a mix of music from different cultures (Russian, European, and US tunes) the story is a true world joy.
Totally engaging doc about Chelsea, NYC, and particularly about the Avenue School for wealthy students and the housing projects across the street from it. In moments, you're seduced by the kids on both sides of the divides and are rooting for them. It's a great study of money and the role it plays in the lives of the generation. Both sides struggle to understand what it means to have and have not and what they could or should do about it.
The topic is completely fascinating, and some of the interviews are intriguing. It should have made for a great film. But Greenfield wants this film to be her biopic, and, in doing that, loses focus. She spends too much time examining her relationship with her mother and son and loses the wide ranging exploration that made her book of the same name so incredibly fascinating. . She interviews a lot of the people she had included in her earlier studies, and just as we get caught up in their stories, she swerves back to her own life. A missed opportunity.