A brilliant, moving piece that can turn into a pretty crazy psychological and philosophical trip into one's own being, bringing light to many very important questions (that doesn't necessarily include answers,though) which seem to have gotten lost in our everyday lives. Certainly to be watched over and over again.
a meandering 2-hr long conversation yielding a few wonderful revelations about life as performance, contemporary alienation from the real, and the dehumanizing effects of technological & capitalistic material comforts...nice sense of old New York in the last scene, evokes Woody Allen at his best
Watching this film for me is like visiting with old and dear friends. First saw this at a very young and impressionable age on a VHS tape that mysteriously found it's way into our home. It's reputation did not prepare me for how richly satisfying and impacting it is. Experiencing this picture was the first truly artistic and soul stoking experience I ever had with cinema. The ending is emotionally devastating to me.
Amazing film. The dialogue is exceptionally realistic and the discussion is simply perfect in both a philosophical and psychological sense. It affected me deeply on a personal level, since the theme discussed is one that has haunted me -and undoubtedly many people- for the last few years: am I really living? Beautiful treatise on the art of living.
Conversational cinema is an underrated commodity. Linklater has since mastered this. Philosophical obfuscation that allows the spectator to inspect existence through a variety of lenses and contexts, is in full flow here. It conjures that rudimentary but emblematic idiom, “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages” (William Carlos Williams).
Jane Austen is mentioned herein, Merchant-Ivory isn't, but all seem to share a superficial popularity as, and are thus unfairly perceived as (at least from what I read/hear), facile shortcuts glibly taken by shallow elitists. Remove those barnacles and regard the thing itself, and it's something quite successfully and pleasurably pitched in a true minor, reflective key -- markedly more difficult than it looks.
"I really believe that if you're just living mechanically, then you have to change your life. (...) And this can be true in your work as well. Of course, if you're really alive inside, then of course there's no problem. I mean, if you're living with somebody in one little room and there's a life going on between you and the person you're living with, well, then a whole adventure can be going on right in that room."