Saw it once before and recently tried watching it again, but couldn't get through it. The plot didn't hook me like it had before, and nothing really made me connect with the film. Acting was impressive. Of course, kudos to Shields for not only taking on this challenging, controversial role, but making Violet a character who should be taken seriously.
Dark, nasty and corrupt depiction of an emerging early modern America. Human perversion and the low depths of human existence, a favorite theme of Malle, are captured exquisitely in a New Orleans brothel as America is entering WWI. Bleakness does not dominate although a sense of shock and revulsion is not uncommon.
"I love you once, I love you twice, I love you more than beans and rice."
I really liked the idea of this movie but it felt like something was missing to give it a 4 or 5 star rating. Brooke Shields is an incredibly brave child to be in this movie at her age and she did an outstanding job. I agree, I wish she couldve stayed with Papa. I think it says a lot about morality and what matters more for a child.