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Archipelago [DVD]

Tom Hiddleston , Christopher Baker , Joanna Hogg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Baker, Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard, Amy Lloyd
  • Directors: Joanna Hogg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MP8LUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,353 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With her son Edward (Tom Hiddleston star of the forthcoming Thor & The War Horse) about to embark on a volunteer trip to Africa, doting mother Patricia wants to give him a good send-off, and gathers her family together for a getaway to a holiday home on idyllic Tresco, one of the Isles of Scilly. Edward's father's attendance is eagerly anticipated, though sister Cynthia appears to be there under some duress, going through dutiful motions. Gradually, deep fractures within the family set-up begin to surface in this eagerly awaitied second feature from director Joanna Hogg

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: With her son Edward (Tom Hiddleston - star of the forthcoming Thor & The War Horse) about to embark on a volunteer trip to Africa, doting mother Patricia wants to give him a good send-off, and gathers her family together for a getaway to a holiday home on idyllic Tresco, one of the Isles of Scilly. Edward's father's attendance is eagerly anticipated, though sister Cynthia appears to be there under some duress, going through dutiful motions. Gradually, deep fractures within the family set-up begin to surface in this eagerly awaitied second feature from director Joanna Hogg. ...Archipelago ( Joanna Hogg Project II ) ( Untitled Joanna Hogg Project 2009 )

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We Live, as We Dream, Alone 1 Aug 2011
By wabrit
Format:DVD
The reviews of this film are for me almost as interesting as the film itself; especially the negative ones, as there seems to be a wish to expose the film as an "emperor's new clothes" phenomenon, and to go beyond subjective criticism of the film itself in order to characterise those who have expressed a positive opinion as either wilfully misleading or bamboozled by the desire to appear arty or pretentious. The need to attack holders of a contrary view, and to congratulate each other on having "found out" the film, might say something more about the reviewers themselves than the inherent qualities (or otherwise) of the film.

So (getting off the fence) I really liked this film, and I admire Joanna Hogg for producing an original and thought-provoking chamber piece; setting a contemporary drama (as she did with her previous film Unrelated) amongst the upper middle classes is going to be a red rag to a bull for some, and I think the reviews just go to show that class still plays a fairly large role in the nation's psyche.

As the title suggests, the characters in the film are lost in their own familial and personal archipelago, cast off from each other like the isles of Scilly through their inability to communicate emotionally; money and the benefits of a privileged upbringing are no guarantees to happiness.

That being said, there's no doubt the film is not "fast", nor does it wear its dramatic heart on it's sleeve (but anyone who's sat in hideous embarrassment around a dinner table while a blazing row takes place in the next room will be getting their moneys' worth of angst during this film), and neither does it attempt to show off Tresco as a desirable holiday destination. If you like slow-burning drama, and a British film that isn't afraid to take a road less travelled, then you might like this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly mundane, but... sort of compelling 16 Sep 2012
Format:DVD
I don't really know what to think of Archipelago, I didn't have any negative feelings towards it, but despite the presence of some positive ones I don't know if I could claim to have 'liked' it. It's one of, if not the least cinematic film I've ever watched. It doesn't so much have a narrative as simply a series of situations in this family's holiday and the mundane conversations, or quite often lack of conversations, they have throughout. What compelled me to watch the whole film was the realism of the interactions, the relatability of the inconsequential dialogue and its regular awkwardness, the time given to an awkward lack of interaction, these aspects made it seem like a fly on the wall documentation of a families experiences and I found it interesting to watch the relationships. Things occured and no-one had changed or achieved anything by the end of it. I imagine it was the equivalent of spending a week rudely watching and listening to some strangers staying at the same holiday resort as you, except one of them is Tom Hiddleston.
And thats it really, I find it hard to work out the benefit of its existence, it didn't affect me, move me, make me laugh, there's little genuine drama, it's just there. Often simple or unenventful stories or situations are elevated in film by interesting cinematography, editing, music or... something, but here, no. Any directorial style that is present is as mundane as the subject (I think it might actually have been directed by a simple robotic system), the camera just sits there doing nothing but acting simply as a tool with which to see this family and their surroundings, again making it seem more like a fly on the wall/documentary experience. There is no soundtrack, or if there was I don't remember it. The editing is as simple as it gets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Archipelago 20 Mar 2013
By Audrey
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love films that are slow paced and give time for thought- but this is too self-consciously slow and seems to have little depth.
Great views of the island though and a beautiful house - but the characters had too little going on to keep you mesmerised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Straight to charity ! 16 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this on the strength of Unrelated which was a superb film, but my was this disappointing .I think ms. Hogg summed it up in the extras on unrelated ,when she said that sometimes having a bigger budget for her next film was a concern .Well I think that this film goes on to prove her own point ,so as I say straight to the charity shop for this dvd ,sorry Joanna .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conditional access 5 Aug 2012
By W. Rodick TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Archipelago is not a wonderful film. It is one of the few films that dares to analyse the middle-class mindset. It is an intriguing portrayal of loneliness. Be prepared to visit a cold climate of angst.

A family holiday is a rented house in a baron landscape. A painter is hired to assist them with their artistic bent. A young female cook supplements her income as their cook/housemaid. Pheasant are killed especially for them. Two lobsters are also caught for 35 without so much as a pause in the sale. We don't see the fisherman hand over the 5 change. Such things are completely unimportant. And taken for granted.

The layers of the film are to be enjoyed. The painter provides 'chaos.' The juxtaposition of art and life is rendered through words and pictures. The telephone in the confined corner is a masterstroke. As are the doors, the pale shades of walls and the missing painting. When the family each in turn say good-bye to the house I see and hear lives as empty as the restaurant they all dined at. Just once.

Only the painter has an unconditional relationship but that is with his creative spirit. The cook is strong enough to step aside. It is the family who have suffered as individuals. Never been loved. Their relationships conditional, disciplined and defined. A change of scene, equally well ordered, is their only form of hope.

Can I recommend this film? It is up to you. I enjoy original filmmaking which keeps me watching, wondering. Thinking after the facts. With time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
soulful and very thought provoking
Published 10 days ago by nexuswarrior
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Came promptly and was as described,
Published 22 days ago by David P L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it vary much could have been longer
Published 1 month ago by jennifer jesttes
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp and accurate portrayal of the appalling upper middle...
This film is at the same time about the most boring and irritating thing you are ever likely to watch and at the same time is actually very good because that is the whole point. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john strongman
5.0 out of 5 stars Joanna Hogg is a master of observation and portraiture
I am a recent convert to Joanna Hogg and, yes, it was my interest in Tom Hiddleston that led me to her! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Palefire73
1.0 out of 5 stars Watching paint dry is more enjoyable.......
Quite possibly the most boring film in existence. Perhaps if they had filmed grass growing it might have been more exciting :(
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars amusing and painful film
an excellent and painfully funny film-full of difficult family moments-beautiful setting in tresco an dtom hiddleston gives a wonderful sensitive and sad performance that reminded... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. F. Legge
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
The story and plot of the film makes no sense since you can't really figure it out, but the actors are great!
Published 6 months ago by Martina Viuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I am no 'arty farty' filmgoer. I enjoy a wide variety of films from B movies, through the classics to unusual independent films. This one took me quite by surprise. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Jameson-davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent film with interesting camera techniques from the director. It just shows what awful people your family can be. A pity you don't get to chose your family
Published 11 months ago by Lindsay Jamieson
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