Your mother dies, and your father dies just after. What do you do? This film touches upon, yet is clearly different than "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind", where McGregor acts well and the tempo rolls on. It felt real to me; and the film picks up on "what is real?" without becoming pretentious. A lovely film.
Two beautiful white people try to learn to love again in climate controlled Los Angeles after suffering the indignity of growing up upper class. The sadly whimsical piano overlays that are meant to serve as a substitute for a dialogue that never gets past the insipid are like fingernails on a chalkboard by the time the credits roll.
I couldn't make it through Thumbsucker, finding it somehow repellent, but had a friend who worked on this so I gave it a chance. I'm glad I did, since it was sweet & fun & true to life. The ace cast no doubt played a part in this, as well as the dialed-down quirk level. A great date movie, which I saw at an open-air summer evening screening in Toronto (which, it turns out, is a good combination of circumstances.)
A new french-american film. Authentic and poetic. Direct and comprehensive. McGregor shows depth in this not seen elsewhere. Holy diffusion. Mumble-core -perhaps- but oh so tantalizing. The silences speak volumes. Just wish there were less forced hand-held intimacy. "What about the chair, is the chair gay?"
A wonderful reminder that if you are willing to offer yourself to a film, to emotionally invest in the characters and truly engage, it can return the favor with an unforgettable experience I could only compare to what the characters endured in the narrative-- I walk away with not only a thoroughly enjoyable movie-going experience but also a lesson on life.
From the beginning I felt as though it was trying too hard. It seems like a copy of recent quirky independent films, like Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine. I didn't think it was very original. The quirky structure seems too conscious, and I didn't really care for the characters. It was beautifully shot and the performances were good, but I just found it to be boring.