This movie dealt some serious blows but failed to deliver a knockout punch the way Gotz Spielmans next feature "Revanche" did. This movie did generate some uncomfortable emotional responses within me. Spielman gives a penetrating insight, weaving a complex tapestry of love, loss, guilt and frustration and creates a moral conundrum of sorts.
ps. The car accident linking the characters did bring Amores Perros to mind.
I really have trouble with the "intersecting lives" mode of narrative that was the main selling point of another 2004 film called "Crash"...not so much with how things are connected but with this film's declining storyline, the first of which was intriguing, the second of which the Sonja character was very well acted, and then by the third I was wishing they had gone with the bellhop from the first act.
I don't normally warm to films with multiple stories intersecting beyond the best of Altman. However the individual parts of this kept it intriguing. I would have actually preferred if these three stories remained completely apart from each other.
Intriguing filmFirst storyline - Desire, unapologeticly carnal. The second - Jealousy, tragic self destruction. The third - Entrapment, freedom in the death of the human longings until...
Character of Sonya intriguing and well played by actress. Inspired to see the much talked about
Production is good on all levels. But we have seen this film already. Amores Perros (2000) comes to mind as well as some others. MUBI's "chilly slice" phrase sums it up: the film leaves you feeling detached with a sense of ambivalence. Yet, I do feel a sense of optimism that the characters will do what is right for each of them.