Film of a holy man & hermit in a gray world heavy with sin. The island is located somewhere in Russia's icy White Sea. The biopic directs some well-deserved scrutiny onto Anatoly's title as a "saint." Able to see the future, cure wounds & exorcise demons, his occasional jokes make him look crazy & although he is never less than morally upright. It is a backdrop for a study of spiritual crisis that is predictable. The films monochromatic color palette is also predictable. The prologue, with young, Anatoly Tribuntzev) accidentally shooting his superior, Tikhon (A Zelenski), at the behest of Nazis. When his boat sinks, Anatoly washes ashore on a nearby island, where he builds a cult as a monk with uncanny powers of healing & foresight. 1976, & the older Anatoly (P Mamonov) spends much time crossing the beautiful bleak landscape, asking the Lord Jesus to remove his transgressions, & if it weren't for some telling flashes of humor, this films look at this spiritually miserable monk would be completely wasted. His faith feels fake but his sense of remorse does not. His interactions with the people who come to him for help give the film added dimension. He advises with equal amounts of sanctimony & humor, suggesting both a conflicted relationship with God but also a need to grapple with boredom. When he tells a widow that her husband is still alive & that she should slaughter her pig, sell her farm, & move to France to find him, there is a sense that he recognizes his own struggle in hers & that he is lying to her in the interest of ushering her past weeks of ritual of mourning. Does this mean he resents his service to God? After exorcising a demon from a young woman, a person from Anatoly's past appears, & though the stage seems set for an examination of the man's regret for having wasted his life, director Pavel Lungin has long blown lost the plot on the chilly vistas of the White Sea to care much, & so Anatoly's crisis never feels resolved, simply dissolving into the haze of the film's Orthodox Christian pageantry
Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Good movie I dont know why the review ratings are so low. I found this movie very a very satisfying empathetic look at the problems a macho Hispanic man has dealing with finding out his son is gay. Father is not an angel himself. He spent many years doing drugs and in gangs and theft. Father is now in recovery out of prison and sober via AA. The story is very honestly presented. Film presents a very interesting side to one of the areas of inner San Francisco. Well acted --some of the dialog is wordy. The Kid who is Jes is Great. There are a few over wrought melodramatic scenes but not to much over the top. Cinematography is nice and colorful and loving shots of Mission District San Francisco. Overall way above par compared to the usual USA/American blockbuster mega millions movies. This film received mixed reviews I disagree with most of the negative ones. Most reviewers now a days are in the criticism business and that means they have to be negative and tear the film up. I daily see far to many negative review of films which are actually pretty good. I agree with the NY Times here: "âLa Missionâ was clearly a labor of love for the Bratt brothers: Peter wrote and directed it, Benjamin is the star, and both took a producerâ(TM)s credit. They were born in San Francisco in the early 1960s, and the film conveys an intense nostalgia for the Mission District of their youth." I recommend this film. you will notice here on flixster critics panned this film 48% and flixter users liked it and recommend it.
1992 I have had this DVD a while but did not watch; This is film by french Canadian director who died in plane crash in 1997. It is an usual film and really in many ways a visionary film. very unusual great story great music. In Canadian french with subtitles. The film tells the story of Leolo Lauzon (Maxime Collin), a young boy living in a Montreal tenement with his dysfunctional family. He uses his active fantasy life (and the book Lavalle des Aavales by Quebecois novelist Rejean Ducharme ) to escape the reality of his life. After deciding that his mother (Ginette Reno) was impregnated not by his father, but by an Italian tomato, he rechristens himself Leolo, and begins to have sexual fantasies about his neighbour Bianca (Giuditta del Vecchio). film was listed by time magazine as one of the 100 greatest films of all time and I agree. It is a film of fabulous storytelling. highest recommendation five stars. I just have never seen a film like it. (Maybe the French film Lost Children or The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover ) Ebert States: It is a work of genius - and the best kind of genius, too, which is deranged genius" Ebert continues : A film that stirs in the shadows of memory for everyone who has ever seen it, a film that cannot be classified and can hardly be explained, a film left orphaned by the early death of its director, Jean-Claude Lauzon, who died with his girlfriend while piloting his Cessna in northern Canada in 1997. One of the truly great original films I have seen in the last 30 years.
I have not written my review am watching the movie now. its a great movie I guess I am a gleaner of sorts. if you have not seen any agnes Varda films you really should watch a few of them. she makes some really interesting films. she is a national icon in france, she has made regular films and also a lot of documentaries. her movies focus on realism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Varda. she is especially well know for Vagabond and Cleo 9 to 5. there is a 2nd film to the Gleaners and 2010 Beaches of Agnes (she filmed her own biography) was released.