"Desire" list: Stanislas Merhar and his wandering gaze, absorbed in his inner fixity, his beauty simultaneously opaque and translucent, the one that should have been Cocteau's "Orpheus" but that with Akerman materialized an unforgettable journey to the heart, a double journey: as a metaphor of feeling and to its inseparable darkness.
A shame I thought, I felt there was something unfit in Akerman's way of directing applied to Conrad's debut novel about the malaysian tragedy of a dutch trader that suddenly begins to face the failures of all he dreamt of a future western-style life with his mixed-blood daughter (**3/4 - 5.5/10)
Great stuff - fascinating take on the Conrad story, lovely cinematography esp monsoon, city scenes. Strange placement of colonial story in contemporary time. Nods perhaps to Kurosawa in some of the theatrical flourishes.
Despair writ large here, and despair at a languorous pace Some of this was superb, some of this was aimless staring. In a sense, captured very well the slow decline of colonial rule, and its consequences. In another sense, it made little sense