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A Gentle Masterpiece,
This review is from: Enchanted April [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Ignore the Time Out and Film Buff reviews, which consign this film to the dustbin of the bland. In fact this film is a consumate allegory on Spiritual Enlightenment.
Appearing almost innocent of its own intentions, the film follows the naive ambitions of a misunderstood and unhappily married young woman to take a villa in Italy with "like minded" companions. This is a singles holiday wound back one hundred years.
But what unfolds is a subtle and exquisitely elegant story of diversely thinking people resolved to their mutual antipathies and psychological flaws.
A simple tale which is all the more intelligent for its restrained and understated poise.
This film is (will be) one of the jewels of 20th Century Cinema. The direction is taut yet breathes, the location is stunning. The script is clever, the cast outstanding.
This is a must have film, and is a welcome antidote to so many other films which gain their kudos through sensation, violence, and essentially empty attempts to impress.
Enchanted April should be compulsory viewing for all those seeking "conflict resolution". It is a better healer than a thousand therapy sessions.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2011 10:23:31 BDT
Green Knight says:
What a lovely review of a lovely film. Thanks.
Posted on 22 Jun 2015 11:03:15 BDT
You are SO right. This film (and Elizabeth von Armin's book) is an absolute delight from start to finish. A person would have to be really sad and tired of life not to be inspired and uplifted by it.
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