2.5 Wanted to love this due to the great ratings, but found all the coincidences almost tedious. What rang painfully true was the plaza scene where they completely miss each other. Found the ending tiresome with the multiple inter-titled viewpoints, as though the audience couldn't figure out what happened. Wish Ana and her mother had more scenes, as they were interesting and not unpleasant like Otto and his father.
A beautiful exploration of love, perception, and time, I can see why this film is highly regarded. The storytelling never fails to be compelling, the dialogue driving forward with a deft touch for both intimacy and poignancy. The cinematography is, at times, breathtaking, and the soundtrack and sound editing are both evocative and high quality. While moments of melodrama dampen its effect, this is an excellent film.
Good looking film. And a worthwhile experience for those who enjoy being spoon-fed fairytale sentimentality (I sometimes do.). I was expecting some slow-simmered character development and far more life-like complexity in this film for some reason. Guess I wasn't in the mood for what I got.
Totally fundamental chasing around everything, like the nordic sun which only edges the horizon, never to touch the lake. Eros is a game in this film, whose consequences blossom, multiply, crystallise into southern rains, news broadcasts and plane crashes... all viewers should go out to chase things too... Valiente... ..
Oddly, the film's style reminded me a little of Wes Anderson - led by narration of protagonist, long pauses over close-ups of facial expression despite being just imagery for the narration (which is no bad choice) and very abrupt scene endings, cut-to's and cutaways. Lovely bit of magic realism. Fast paced and acted brilliantly by each generation of the characters.
Wow, this turn-of-the-century faux art house obsession with coincidences is probably worth writing about (end of history, blah blah blah). I mean I can't sit through a single second of it. Because the whole idea is: every action has to be telegraphed and reified, every frame must be pointedly repetitive. Some find it romantic but for me its a big whirlpool of abyssal, meaningless nonsense. Very sorry.
This film is about love story’s and heartbreak. Although this film does a great job at showing both heartbreak and love in the sense that it’s real. This film is very beautiful in the story line aspect and in a visual aspect. This film had some really great acting compared to some other films I’ve seen on MUBI.
"I am going to wait here all the time that's needed. I am waiting for the coincidence of my life. The biggest one". A love story, told in episodes from the point of view of each of its two protagonists. Romantic and very dramatic... the eyes of Najwa Nimri, the music of Alberto Iglesias, the frames and story of Julio Medem... left me breathless!
La historia de la película atrapa al poco andar, presentada con una ternura singular. El que esté contada desde dos puntos de vista, sumada a un excelente montaje, le dan dinamismo a la película. Decae un poco en algunos diálogos, los cuales intentan ser profundos, pero se quedan en la pretensión de serlo.