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
Akerman paints with the camera and the result is pure poetry. In this story, adapted loosely from Joseph Conrad's novella, Akerman reveals the disillusionment of Western man's idea of the Orient. The opening sequence is one of the best that I have seen, and the actress that plays Almayers daughter is truly a vision of beauty tempered with a rebellious cigarette dangling precariously from her lips.