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on 20 September 2017
Albert Finney gives a masterful performance in this otherwise rambling, disjointed narrative about an alcoholic British former consul. His iconic portrayal of a lost, confused, self-pitying, bitter man struggling to survive in Cuernavaca after his wife leaves him is one for the ages; a model for actors playing a drunk on the edge of physical and mental oblivion. It's inferred that his wife and his stepbrother had an affair, a contributing factor to his bitterness and alcoholism. A small ray of hope that he and his wife can rekindle their love quickly fizzles as bitterness overcomes what small lucidity remains in his drink addled brain. He knows he's a bitter, frightened, raging alcoholic destined to be denied any chance of turning his life around. His co-dependent step brother and wife can do very little to help such a man on an unstoppable path to self-destruction. We know that he's too far gone to redeem himself, and that a sad ending is a foregone conclusion. I suppose the moral or ultimate meaning of the story is that drowning one's sorrow and anger in booze (or drugs for that matter) only creates a path of self-destruction, a deep hole from which only the mentally hardiest can escape intact.
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on 2 September 2015
Fantastic portrayal of alcoholism - from the sodden novel written by an alcoholic. Truly great cinema, but strangely passed by too often (as is the book by Malcolm Lowry). It's a great story with wonderful moments lit up in this film adaption - especially when Yvonne is repeatedly igonored by the Consul (Finney) upon her return - in the bar - because he thinks he must be hallucinating. Albert Finney should have won an Oscar for this, it's a tragedy that he has never won one. I would also recommend the audiobook narrated by Christopher Cazenove. Well done Mr Bongo.
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on 6 November 2017
5* Albert Finney
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on 20 April 2018
brilliant adaptation
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on 11 June 2017
Excellent
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on 13 February 2016
good
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on 8 February 2018
A classy movie. Proper treatment of a serious prioblem.
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on 16 April 2017
great
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on 8 April 2015
A good rendering of the novel of Malcolm Lowry. Extraordinary and contained performance of Albert Finney.
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on 20 July 2017
Sad story excellent rendering. Finned fantastic. Another John Huston gem.
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