Top critical review
19 December 2007
i was greatly looking forward to seeing this highly rated film but was grossly disappointed. i won't bother you with a full critique of the film- which would necessarily be horribly long- but will say that apart from a handful of stunning cinematic passages the story, which should have been deeply touching, was shallow and i couldn't care less what happened to any of the characters.
i felt it was pretentiously directed and i felt sorry for the actors. Charlotte Gainsbourg is immensely talented and i squirmed at what she was given to work with. my feeling was that the director was making a self-consciously 'magical' film and i quickly tired of the laboured 'symbolism'. one unexpected and unintended pleasure was a few laughs at some very Borat-like moments.
if you love films for many reasons and can handle a bad story because it contains some stunning visual sequences then give it a go but if you want a more complete experience this time round really do give it a miss and ignore the hype by the pseudo artsy types.