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“I’m a man of science. I don’t believe that mumbo jumbo.” [Sean on reincarnation]
on 24 July 2017
This 2004 drama Sean and Anna (Nicole Kidman) are a married couple but Sean collapses, and dies. Ten years later, Anna has just accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Joseph (Danny Huston) and is approached by a young boy who claims to be her deceased husband reincarnated.
The plot, set designs and acting are all fine, the music is well suited, although it is sometimes becomes an annoying droning, while the dark and sombre tones don’t exactly help the film along. That’s not helped by the fact that the script seems fragmented, jumping points which could easily be explained better [eg Seans death at the start]. The film is really an emotional journey about desire, deceit, obsession, frustration, self delusion and even revenge, but the pace is often plodding with too many artistic ‘silences’.
The disc offers play, scene selection, theatrical trailer and set up [5.1/2.0, English subtitles on/off]. Rated 15 this does not have swearing but there is an inexplicit extended sex scene in the first quarter which has bare buttocks and a nipple and sexual themes involving a young boy, including him sharing a bath with Anna and some ‘domestic’ style violence. The final scenes with Clara [Anne Heche] actually explains it all if you’ve paid attention and the remainder pulls this back from being a mediocre flop. I’d like to give more, but can’t justify top marks.