Although it's based on a pre-existing screenplay, I felt that it could have been conceived specifically to capture the eerie beauty of the scenery - the aftermath of actual wildfires. However, it would have worked better as a short film, I think. At feature length, I was left wanting more, more of the pitch-perfect performances as the characters revealed themselves beautifully and more of the great quirky indie tone.
David Gordon Green continues to try (and I thank him for it) to reclaim the elegance and innonce of his first few films. This one has all the setting, texture and mood to be a great film. Ultimately it falls into the trap of being a half-cooked “good idea”. An enjoyable wander in the woods but nothing to grapple with or return for.
Subtiler Film mit philosophischen Tiefgängen, der in lyrischen Herbstbildern die Sehnsüchte, Konflikte und Trugbilder eines Bauarbeiterpaares zeigt. Zwischendurch komisch, dann wieder etwas langweilig. Auch aus den mysteriösen Begegnungen mit dem Lastwagenfahrer und der traumatisierten Frau entwickelt sich nichts.
Quirkyness in dialogue and distanced characters are often used in similar productions, but are the biggest fault David Gordon Greens film. While many mumblecore films build on these stylistic devices, Prince Avalanche overstates them and offers nothing more. It lacks character development and is only partially saved by good camera work and the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by David Wingo & Explosions in the Sky.
A very nice movie with two interestingly eccentric characters who have to learn how to understand each other and make each others lives more meaningful. A convincing dramatic turn by Paul Rudd in a movie full of beautiful images. The downside is that the movie is so deliberately slow that it effects the viewer's concentration and good-will.