Europe on the verge of social and economic change. A close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion. A movie about the politics of love. Seville, Tallinn, Dublin, Thessaloniki. Europe, she loves.
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I thought about rating as a 4/5 because I need to leave 5 for really special films. But this documentary is just so good at being what it is. It's a portrait of Europe, an honest one - maybe you could say a portrait of just of the underbelly. But it is somehow magically crafted as a collage, using cuttings of extraordinary close and intimate moments of truths in 4 pairs of lovers's lives. A masterpiece!
A remarkable insight into the lives of four liberal young couples in different European cities who have little more than each other. They are struggling financially, dissatisfied and unsure of the future amid the economic fallout of post-credit crunch Europe. They get bored, frustrated, argue, have sex and do drugs as if the cameras are not there. The most real and poetic film about relationships you will ever see.
It's been an emotional week, an emotional year, in Europe, and this film cut right through me. Hyperrealism/microcosm, documentary filmmaking of a different kind. Portraits of lovers. Exceptional cinematography by Ramon Giger. As a 20-something woman in Brexit UK, this is one of the best things I've watched this year. Lots of questions raised. And the final track is Kate Tempest, to round it off!
Nice photography, mostly of very boring people smoking cigarettes. Not sure why this movie is, maybe something to do with the Debt Crisis? Kind of a vague message, if that's what it is. What is up with Europeans and cigarettes? Don't they know it's very harmful to their health? Or they don't care because of the Debt Crisis? In California almost no one here smokes and there's almost no place where it's legal to smoke.
Exploitative and voyeuristic, this pseudo-documentary works best in the interstices between the four main narratives. One thing is clear: more than neoliberalism, disenfranchisement, disillusion, unemployment, cluelessness, nihilism, and inertia, what is really killing Europeans is chain smoking. Jason Reitman was right: "These days when someone smokes in the movies, they're either a psychopath or European."
La vie c'est quoi ? Fumer des joints, niquer sans joie & aller au chômage. Ca sent la sueur, la mauvaise haleine, la clope & le graillon froid. ======== What is life ? Smoking joints, joyless fucking & unemployement. It smells of sweat, bad breath, cigarette & cold grease. ...
Mubi's description doesn't do justice to this poetic and hyperrealistic account of today's Europe, in all its fucked upness and lack of future. The film is not just a sex flick, as the picture implies.
I really hope Brexit does not happen, and that we help build another Europe. And that someone gets Siobahn a record contract.