As ludicrous and cheesy as it is melodramatic and mawkishly, relentlessly sentimental, this can only be enjoyed if you're in the mood for the compulsion of amateurish soap opera. By the end the dialogue will have you laughing out loud, which probably isn't the intention. (NB: fans of Tom Tykwer will probably LOVE it).
Esperanza, un elemento importante que convierte los desarrollos personales fallidos en caminos sinuosos por los que el destino guía a los personajes de este filme. Por otra parte las abundantes coincidencias no aportan gran profundidad a los personajes pero sí logran mantener al espectador atento a lo que sucede. Autocastigo y autosabotaje. (20150116)
Esta caramba soñar cosas terribles y ver que se cumplan... como en "El Gran Pez", una de las historias que cuenta William Bloom... el entrecruzamiento de historias esta bien hecho, no tanto como en "Amores Perros", pero esta bien hecho... por ultimo, el sacrificio por el amigo, tomar su destino... Es increíble que la mayor parte del cine nórdico sea tan bueno...
I agree with the other reviewers on the film: slow, muddled, predictable, contrived. For me, I'm getting a little tired of the genre of mash-ups -- characters who have nothing in common who mystically intersect through some otherworldly, cosmic karma. It worked in Magnolia and Babel, but is very difficult to pull off. This films had good cinematic touches, using a prowling camera, but felt forced to fit that format.
This could easily have been edited down by 20 minutes; it still would have retained the excellent atmospheric tone and performances. The musical score was a perfect meld for the visuals. The guardian angel imagery (feathers, mirror design, etc.) were unnecessary. The plot showed the characters' motivations without need for overkill. Good to see a Scandinavian film set in summer instead of winter.
Not bad, but not great either. I felt like it was a little heavy handed and slow. The characters were pretty 2-dimensional and the stories were very simple. I was hoping for something a little more interesting, but probably would have liked it much more as a 90 minute movie.
Three stars for the way it was filmed: lighting, photography, staging and action. Zero for the filmically illiterate denouement. He could have gotten to the same, rightful ending without violating filmic reality. Spoiler alert. Shows us one man killed by a vehicle, pans away and it's the other guy bloodied on the ground. What are we supposed to make of that? Infuriating!
Honestly I watched this back in norway for my norwegian class so my memory and experience of this movie may not be the best; but it was all the worst kinds of ridiculous, and for the most part quite dry. However, similar to pulp fiction, while the plot and characters were dry and uninspiring the editing and order of events made it somewhat redeemable.