a masterpiece. which is in pieces influenced heavily by antonioni, tarkovsky and erice. the young kids perform so well and it breaks my heart. on one point the comment on the futility dreams annoyed me, but the composition, score, photography and script all made me forget about that tiny flaw. some of the scenes are so brutal, yet they retain some beauty. but that party scene is so bad, its unbelievable.
highly beautiful and moving movie with many monumental scenes and very artistic yet subtle style of directing by angelopoulos, the dying horse scene is brilliant, very rich and full of mixed emotions (reminds me a lot of bresson's style in balthazar), the magical transfixed citizens scene has left me transfixed too, and that visually striking final shot is one of the best moment ever and open to any interpretation..
Theo Angelopoulos' godly masterpiece about children learning to grieve. This is one of those films that, once seen, becomes seared into your brain and consumes you to the point where it's all you can think about in the proceeding days. If, by the film's conclusion, you're not bawling your eyes out you really have no business calling yourself a human being.
The first astonishing sequence is a metaphor for the entire film. If you 'get' it, the film is for you. if not, turn it off and go watch something else instead ;-)
Because everything you need to know about the film is contained in the first train sequence.
so close, yet so far.
This film, to me, is one of the most perfect exaplmes of life, as when your problems are of no importance to everyone around you. The best shot to illustrate this is when the children examine the dead horse, and a wedding parade comes out of the building in the background, with music playing, and poeple dancing out onto the street, while the little child starts crying in the foreground. Beautiful.