Sono colpito dalla forza del dramma voyeuristico messo in piedi dalla Jolie, la quale, seppur in modo molto laconico, non mostra la minima ritrosia nello squadernare i ben noti drammi personali all'interno di un film di dominio internazionale. Energica la lotta di Roland per riuscire ad amare 'Nessa, mentre una cinematografia parecchio esteta ci porta lungo un film triste, ma bello, un po' come la sua protagonista.
Valley of the dolls meets Fassbinder's view of humanity. I watched this without any expectation and it was a pretty good movie in the end. Some cliché parts but I imagine they were there intentionally. Loved the score. Ps: mubi's notebook has an excellent essay about this movie, read it!
In which the director (one who people assume they all know because of her celebrity) bares her soul and shows us her fears,insecurities and sadnesses and tells us that she is as fucked up as the rest of us.Profound,weird,erotic,funny,stylish and fiercely original.An astounding film.
I can see where the critical disinterest came from, and for the most part I agree with it; A-List Brangelina power couple are together again in a project that has little commercial interest; almost seems like a pet project of Jolie's in an attempt to hash out some of her own marital problems on-screen. Depressed characters with nowhere to move ostensibly yield a plot that moves nowhere. Derivative overall.
Ms. Jolie will be able to use the image in the way she intended here, once stops being in them. Until then, she's bound to remain inside their propensity rather than harnessing their potential. For now, she's too close to her character and not to cinema. But hey, it's a trade off I'm willing to endure... for now.
Unfortunately ignored on release and dismissed as a vanity project this is a film begging discovery. Exceptionally crafted tale of a married couple attempting to work through deep ceded marital problems has an emotional starkness and honesty not often seen in American films. Both leads offer strong performances here and Jolie-Pitt shows great maturity in her direction. Kudos to cinematographer Christian Berger.