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Three Strangers Lost In The City
on 24 February 2008
The city of 8 million, and in this city Simon, Rose, and Tomás are lonely and lost souls. Their lives become entwined and we begin to see the souls of the lost.
Rose is an optometrist who has lost her two year old son who fell out of an open window. She can never forgive herself so can anyone else? She has separated from her husband and he wants to find his way back, but Rose?
Simon is a young man interested in photography,working in a photo shop and one day he sees Rose and starts photographing her. She becomes an obsession and he follows her. Simon lives with his alcoholic mother and life is difficult for them both.
Tomás is a painter and works as a mailman at a business. Rose has just told him that he is going blind. He has no family or close friends. But he is interested in a younger co-worker and their relationship takes hold.
These three people live along the 1/9 subway line and much of the story takes place in the subway. We see Rose getting off the subway and having coffee in the park before she goes to work. Simon is following her and Tomas is having increased difficulty with his vision. He cannot see to paint and he cannot tell his new love he is going blind.
Each of them is existing in a place of their own and none can ask for help. It is only when Rose confronts Simon that something changes. Rose also talks and advises Tomas about his disease and his new relationship. This contact with each other brings them back into the world and their lives can move on, to what, we are not sure.
I found Heather Graham as Rose lacking in emotion. I did not feel her pain as much as sense it, and she was unable to connect with me. Simon was excellent in his portrayal as the confused teenager. And, Tomas was superb in his role as the painter lost in his blindness.
This film was a nice surprise but in saying this, the film did not go anywhere. We are left to suppose and I want to suppose all is right in the world.
Recommended. prisrob 02-10-08