The film which cemented Villeneuve's reputation. It has been many years since I was able to get completely lost in films on a regular basis. Even longer since that occurred in a film which I watched at home. Absolutely enthralling from start to finish. It delves into the darkest pits of the human experience.
So powerful, stunning. Villeneuve stories are quite simple (in a way), maybe that is what creates the vast space for enveloping emotional realities (I cannot wait for Dune). Awe; something about his works makes me feel like I become one with them. A concentrated microcosmic image of war/brutality from the feeling perspective of the feminine.
I feel manipulated. I didn't enjoy the tragedy of the final revelation. The film doesn't give you enough. It intentionally hides the characters' ages. You can never tell how old Nawal is. You cannot tell how old her torturer is. And I didn't really like the way the film gives you the truth. Nevertheless, it is a great movie.
Leave it to Villeneuve to take your expectations and shatter them into a million pieces. Only he could know exactly when and how to deliver such raw and hypnotizing images as these, letting them seep into your mind for as long as it takes for them to cristalyze inside you. The finishing touch is given with the clever use of a couple of Radiohead tracks. Simply stunning.
Quite possibly still Denis Villeneuve's best movie, even as his success in English-language films has launched him to the Hollywood godhead of rebooting a franchise. The final twist is a bit much, but there's an interesting, expertly crafted film in here about rootless westerners, raised with the privilege of a stable society, forced to confront horror in the Middle East. Brutal education is a Villeneuve trademark.
Excellente et puissante adaptation d'une fulgurante pièce de théâtre de l'homme de lettres libanais Wajdi Mouawad, ce quatrième long métrage du réalisateur canadien Denis Villeneuve, respectant scrupuleusement une construction a-chronologique dans le déroulement des dramatiques événements présents et passés, installe et développe une exceptionnelle puissance narrative. www.cinefiches.com