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on 9 August 2015
Oh dear, oh dear. I do hope that the excellent actors employed in this film were doing it for a reasonable fee, as it certainly wasn't for the challenge of a decent script or anything remotely like a mature and satisfying end result. The basic premise is daft and although actors of the stature of Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender, Sam Neil and Charlotte Rampling really try to do something with this, it's absolutely hopeless: no-one, surely, can suspend disbelief this much without the aid of several riggers and a commercial scaffolding company.
This is an absolute 'how not to do it' - and I suspect that the fault lies in the original book in which unrealistic events happen to unlikeable and cardboard characters in a relentless series of completely foreseeable 'developments'. I shan't detail them - you can write this script for yourself. Young girl writes rubbish book and it gets published (just like that) even though it is utter garbage and very badly written. Writer of sudden and huge success (why?!) meets utterly unsuitable poverty-stricken 'modern' artist - guess what happens? Mention the First World War and what do you think you'll get? Yep, that's right: the wild artist who morphs (just like that) into the wounded soldier (wounded in a mentionable place, as Siegfied Sassoon would have it) who turns to drink and violence to 'deal with' his experiences... Frightful old tosh (IMHO!) and really, don't. Just don't. You'll have to bin it, or send it to Oxfam - possibly without getting to the end.
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on 27 April 2017
I truly love period drama and was expecting much more from this as it had such a wonderful cast . However alarm bells started ringing straight away on hearing the dreadful sound track which seemed like it came from a seventies soap opera . Could only through half an hour of this, the acting and script didn't appeal at all. Please don't waste your money, you will only be disappointed. Such a shame.
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on 17 January 2018
A bio-pic of Marie Corelli? What a treat; and a young Romola Garai breaking the speed of light: stellar cast, competent Director; the acting is first-rate; especially the supporting players who carry the film despite the wig oven.
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on 9 June 2015
Wonderful film! The casting is superb, and it is captivating throughout. Written by 'the other Elizabeth Taylor', this is an Ozon film that is totally distinct from this others. Garai acts the part so well that she does not put a foot wrong. A joy to watch!
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on 24 August 2016
an extraordinary film concerning a young girl who creates a fantasy world of fame and fortune and by force majeure achieves success, a likeable girl, maybe not, but success is not about being nice, is it ? anyway there's always a price to be paid.
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on 22 December 2015
This is a truly terrible movie, only saved from zero stars by the star quality of a a young Michael Fassbender. The character Angel is deeply unlikeable. Not ideal for the protagonist.
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on 26 February 2018
on time great
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on 30 March 2015
this film is weird... its very Doris Day with the music and silliness then it gets into bits that are quite dark and disturbing... its an odd mix of a film with really bad special effects.
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on 28 September 2017
Don't know why this movie was ever made - except for the remarkable Romola Garai, it's a shocking waste of money.
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on 23 May 2013
As an avid viewer of period dramas I loved this, the whole film was beautifully created by the artistic team, and the story lines and garment reproduction was wonderful. The acting was remarkable. If you like period dramas go for this.
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