A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband’s death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.
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If Kieslowski had directed it, it would have been darker, but not necessarily better. I thought Ribisi was fantastic as a man in love in the purest sense of the word. Even when they make love, it's pure. They also carry with them an absolute certainty about what they're doing. They're on a mission from God.
Tykwer does Kieslowski proud. A masterpiece. Devastatingly beautiful. Blanchett is astonishing but it's Ribisi who owns the film. How has this guy not been given roles as meaty as this one? After watching this, I gotta say he's one of the most underutilized, under appreciated, and overlooked actors around. Also has some of the most subtly great editing I've ever seen. Loved it.
I freaking love everything about this movie. Specially the locations and the chemistry between the central couple. And boy, what a chemistry! First time Filippo (Ribisi) puts his eye on Philippa (Blanchett) and falls in love almost instantly is nothing but magical. Kieslowski would've been proud for sure. Near perfect. The ending is flawless as well.
Crazy Kieslowski and Piesiewicz: just look up Philippians (Phillipa and Filippo) in Wikipedia, launch out from there, and start to groove on their heresies! Still kicking Christian ass and taking names since The Dekalog. But deeply Christian in the best sense. Maybe. I say maybe because it is all way over my head.
This was a unique movie. Not a whole lot of dialogue which allows the viewers to attach their own own meaning to the various subtle transitions throughout the movie. Acting was good, moral background that was thought provoking.
The entire experience is slightly divorced from reality, boiled into Dilaudid-like staring, staring blindly, as if the characters are being choreographed from afar like puppets. When they aren't, they crumple in tears. Finely acted, if light on plot.
I honestly loved this movie. Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi did a fantastic job of pulling the audience in and making them forget that it is just a movie. I was not sure that I would like it at first, but wow. I will be recommending this to my family and friends because everyone should have the opportunity to see something this good.
In the film, fugitive Phillipa played by Cate Blanchett is cynical and vengeful. It is easy to despise her character after she accidentally kills innocent people but she is extremely remorseful and he true intentions are later revealed. The movie is suspenseful and interesting but her romance with the Italian clerk Fillippo seems rushed and underdeveloped.