I'm surprised the community's opinion of this movie is so low considering how good the movie is. There is an exploration of living spaces, in particular the barriers different locked spaces have on our lives.
Totally lame. Don't waste your time on this. You keep waiting for it to get better, but it never happens. The best part was when it was over.
Don't bother. A pretentious bit of nothing.
This is definitely an art-house piece, with much of the plot unexplained and left to the imagination of the viewer. Some people will find it very annoying. However, it is still fairly well directed and well acted. I find it watchable, but it is not a great film.
Simply awful. Ethan Hawke is catatonic, the great Kristin Scott Thomas is totally wasted. Unintelligible dialogue and pretentious directing. Ugh.
Other than some great scenes of Paris there is not much to recommend this movie. Most likely the film does not do justice to the novel upon which the movie was based. There are no conclusions to any of the storylines leaving one bewildered at the end.
so what really happened?
is he still in his hospital in the states and this is a total delusion?
is the problem just france and he had his kst delusion in his awful hotel room or working space?
A Euro-arty atmosphereicly confusing (...and teasingly unrewarding) 'intellectual' exercise.
I just didn't get it, didn't like it and was expecting more.
I am glad I didn't see it at the Bytowne when it was showing there. It would have been a waste of money.
Ethan Hawke plays Tom Ricks who may have been released from a mental institution. He seeks to reintegrate with his young daughter, but his wife (ex?) says he is too mentally deranged so she resists. Now I saw a short comment by Hawke as to a discussion he had with the director before he agreed to make the picture. Hawke says he didn’t really follow what was going on in the story, but has always been intrigued with the work of the director Pawel Pawlikowski, so he agreed to make the film. This has similarities to “The Spirit of the Beehive,” where the director lets the actor perceive things for the first time, thereby capturing a picture of true discovery, not just acted discovery. I suspect that Hawke does not actually understand what is going on, so he naturally appears to not understand just like the character he is playing. If you do not understand this strategy, then this film will seem to be nothing more than a confusing mess.
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