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The Return
The Return (2003)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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[font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary (from IMDB): Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]This film has really stuck with me. After watching it last night, I have found myself thinking about it quite a bit. It's actually a pretty simple story. A father comes back after being gone for 12 years, and doesn't really know how to be a father. One son wants to give him a chance and welcomes him with open arms; the other is reserved and distant about the whole situation. Yet, this film gives us very complex characters. The youngest son is a little less complex, but the father and oldest son are very well written and acted. Never are we able to figure them out as characters. They are people with unknown and sometimes confusing wants. Anyway, in addition the cinematography is fascinating for the most part. When it's good, it's perfect. When it's not, it's a bit dull. The film has its flaws, but most of them don't matter when it's all said and done.[/color][/size][/font]

Les Destinees
Les Destinees (2002)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): Jean Barnery is a young Protestant cleric in Barbazac in 1900 when he divorces his severe wife after falling in love with Pauline, the independent-minded niece of an upper-crust parishioner. Jean's also an heir to a high-end porcelain factory in Limoges. He gives his fortune to his wife to assuage his guilt over the divorce. He pursues Pauline; they marry and live idyllically in Switzerland. Then, duty calls: his family asks him to come to Limoges to run the business. He accepts, ignoring Pauline's wishes. His new responsibilities, as well as his fighting in the Great War, change him and his relationship with Pauline.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]This is the second period piece from the year 2000 by a well-respected director I've seen in the last couple of weeks - and it's purely coincidental. Anyway, after seeing this less than stellar effort from a director I know I love, I'm definitely willing to give Terence Davies another chance after not really caring for The House of Mirth.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Sentimental Destinies suffers from being too long. At the same time, though, it felt like everything was moving at far too rapid a pace. I would have preferred a slower first 2/3s and a much briefer conclusion. Spoiler: [color=black](The main character is given an overly long (especially after two and a half hours) 'death bed' scene.)[/color] Where this film triumphs is in the first 2/3's cinematography. Assayas rarely lets the camera sit still as it moves with the characters, perhaps mirroring their extremely busy lives. Much of the framing and lighting is impressive too. Unfortunately, as hour number three rolls around, even the cinematography quality starts to fade. Definitely my least favorite Assayas.[/size][/font]

Love Film
Love Film (1970)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from Criticker): A story of two young people in Hungary, Jancsi and Kata. Soon after the 56-Revolution Kata leaves Hungary, Jancsi stays there. After about 10 years Jancsi is allowed to visit Kata in France, their love is reborn, but after a short, very happy period Jancsi has to return to Hungary.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]There's a lot of potential here to be a film that I really loved, but overall the movie was too much of a mess. The first hour is edited in a way that makes everything entirely too fast. The whole memory/dream mixed with reality thing didn't bother me, but the way the images zoomed by and rarely allowed me to register them was a little out of control. The second half of the film is quite a bit better. Once Szabo focuses on one time period and lets us viewers really have a feel for everything, the relationship becomes quite good (well, as good as a semi-incestuous fling can be [img]http://www.forumcircle.com/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img] ). There are definitely scenes that stand out as near perfect, such as the couple's time at the beach. Overall, though, I had trouble getting into this.[/size][/font]

I Fidanzati
I Fidanzati (1964)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his already nearly wordless relationship with Liliana, his fiancée.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]What to say, what to say. This movie was much more quiet, slow, and romantic than I could have ever expected, and it was fantastic. The meat of the film is told mostly in flashbacks as the present-time storyline is somewhat unimportant. (Well, it's not really because it spends its time illustrating the main character's loneliness.) The flashbacks show us how the man comes to be where he is, as well as what he left behind, and it's all done in a way I've rarely seen before. It almost reminded me of The New World in the way it treats its romantic relationship, and uses unconventional sound and image editing.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]The present timeline, though I mentioned it was somewhat unimportant, was still amazingly poetic and photographed. I loved watching this man stumble upon many different interesting, calming places. Heck, even the dirty old plant he works at is made to be beautiful. I don't really have any complaints about this movie.[/size][/font]

Ashes of Time Redux
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Well, this was my first time seeing a WKW on the big screen and let me just say [img]http://www.thelifecinematic.com/board/images/smilies/praiseia2.gif[/img] . First of all, having only seen Ashes of Time on the crappy World Video (I think) dvd, I really could not follow this movie the first time around. There are too many characters, and the timeline is not straightforward enough to follow this without proper subtitles. Having correct and synched subtitles make this movie a lot easier to follow, and now that I understand it, I see the way WKW touches upon love, lost love, loneliness, and many other meaningful themes in such a fantastically unorthodox way, I found myself more emotionally involved than I could have imagined.[/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Also, seeing this in the theater really made for an amazing spectacle of both vision and sound. I don't remember the soundtrack from the first time around, but it stood out this time, and was amazing. As of now this is my favorite WKW, but once I come down from the 'theater high' and see this on dvd, it might change. Hopefully not. As for now, please check out my top 100 list, somewhere near the top. ;) [/size][/font]