As debut films go this is an amazing piece of work. It certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but anyone who loves cinema should find something to love about its style, symbolism, and expression. The themes of loss and identity were presented in a profound way, and a nod in directing style to some of the greats did not go unnoticed.
For someone who has no faith Dumont seems obsessed with it. So many of his films deal with religion and yet he has nothing interesting to say, he just uses religion to provoke, but to me that’s so passe. People of the persuasion who are easily led will fall under the same spell of politics, the media, society, racism etc etc. Our human nature to follow and be part of something will be there with or without religion.
A truly beautiful film that remains one of my all time favourites. It’s the film that “Cloud Atlas” inspired to be like, but couldn’t come close to. Superb in every way! If you have the time it’s also worth watching “In the mood for love” as even though the tone is different both films work well viewed back to back.
"Life is very long when you’re lonely." I found this to be a subtle and tender film that dealt really well with isolation, regret, and responsibility.
Nothing happens, yet everything happens, just like life. An amazing film that shouldn’t work but it most certainly does. Linklater is a genius!
Megumi Kagurazaka is all you’ll remember if you see “Guilty of Romance”.
Somewhere on the edge of your imagination, there is a Labyrinth…
"I’m so tired of being good."
John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990) (x)