Quite a rich and well acted character study. I dug it because of all the "inside film" stuff that was background. But the sister relationship was very nice as well. Two sisters living very separate and different lives come together to take care of their ailing father. They have secrets that they both must deal with as well as secrets to discover. It's very nicely crafted. Such a nice hidden gem of a film.
Beautiful. Loved the contrast between the lives of sisters. Would love to spend more time with their characters. Was happy to see the film give time to explore how adult siblings function in each other's company. And of course Sebastian Koch is phenomenal, even in his supporting role. His performance in "The Lives of Others" was spectacular.
It was a great narrative as it juxtaposed the lifestyles of two very different sisters. The explanation for their contrasting personalities as well as the engaging friction between the two dynamic protagonists adds a hint of drama towards the ending. This story keeps the audience engaged as well as it leads us to question the resilience of inherent personalities in the the face of upbringing and environment.
Seeing the landscape in the present manner it is shown is enough to put on hiking boots and head to Mount Whitney since Austria is worlds away. In some ways it feels like a nature movie, juxtaposing human nature with nature. The project is intensely serious, if a Haneke end took place it would not surprise. Instead, the story is even broader, and the result fantastic.
An soap opera actress,her sister, her lover the doctor of her father and the silenced facts and lies that some of them exposed by the letters of the dead mother to her lover, and others will just stay behind the behind the closed doors, and even when accidentally opened everybody will pretend that didn't see anything.
For all of its absolutely stunning lighting and cinematography, it felt a little short, almost like it needed the "December." Subtle probings at mortality bring the characters to a poetic togetherness that can bring a bittersweet feeling of family love - and the performances carry the film along very well.
Quite watchable, the characters each charismatic in their own ways, the scenery gorgeous, but it doesn't quite pull together. More like strangers bumping in the night who have a connection to the inn rather than spawned from a family. The acting is perhaps too understated and the emotional fire of the film is muted - the film holds the attention enough to watch to the end, but doesn't become art.
Austrian directors are so good at describing the cracks behind "normal" social and familiar ties. This movie confirms it. The illness of a father is the spark that brings two sisters to face what's wrong and fake in their own lives. Everything is well written and acted, with the scenery of the Austrian mountains which at the same time calms and oppresses the actions of the protagonists.
“October November” raises big questions about identity, betrayal and being true to yourself, but somehow this story of two sisters brought together by their dying father failed to convince me. Too many plot twists and not enough substance, especially the dialogue was occasionally rather clumsy and not plausible. That said, it’s not actually a bad movie, just not very good.
Such a dissapointment, specially after an achievement like 'Revanche'. The character of the actress is interesting, but the elements in this are too disjointed, each character begs for its own movie and is at odds with the rest. They all pull in different directions. This movie could have been good with a more refined unified vision.