When their mother succumbs to a mysterious illness, four orphaned children bury her in a cement-filled trunk in the cellar. The oldest child, Julie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), assumes the maternal role while Jack, fifteen, withdraws into sexual self-absorption.
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I'm sure there's some complex subtleties to this film but between choosing a strange outworking of grief and complex sexual coming of age this film veers far into the sexual and in a way that becomes more distasteful than interesting.
a visual portrait of the book, except for some smart cuts in the story. toned down a little bit, but you get the same thing Ian McEwan tried to: you feel the thin air on the screen just the same way of every page-turn, yet it feels hard to breathe because it's too heavy.
It's a fascinated movie. The two principal characters bounce themselves between dealing with their hormones and having their mom and dad dead. It's also about taboo since the two lovers are brother and sister. The lightning places a very important role here. Without it, the story would just be about two teenagers getting to know their sexuality, but with it, it became this mysterious wishful pursue for pleasure.
Did Michael Slovis find inspiration for the intense back-lit cinematography of 'Breaking Bad' here? Difficult to imagine the same images being possible on digital film. Wow! As for the story, yes, distasteful but intensely absorbing. Wouldn't have worked half as well if it had been cut to a faster pace.
Not for me.
In my opinion, this film has that undesirable skill of making 105 minutes feel like 210 minutes.
I have rarely taken against a film as much as I took against this one. The acting, the pace and the soundscape were all elements that felt poorly constructed to me.