So youthful but so grown up, so fragile but so strong, so heavy and tough but so light. That's a balance only the best can ever hope to achieve. Mia & Henry share such a powerful chemistry on screen, like two hands that perfectly fit into each other. It's always touching to see such young actors portray matters such as life and death with such maturity but still with their inherent novelty.
Once it got over the whole "OMG let's be like Harold & Maude and aren't we just so adorable 'cause she knows everything about birds and he crashes funerals hardy har har" idea (and I stopped wanting to shoot myself), it ended up being very sweet and funny in parts. A truly lame screenplay but Hopper and Wasikowska had a nice chemistry.
If films were (could be) people I'd hug the hell out of this particular one. The tone. The feeling. The soundtrack (uplifting the morose and dark and somber side of the actual text). The actors (Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper oh-so graceful and sublime). The Direction [cool, subtle, almost invisible (which shows us a veteran), light, fluid - like spaghetti on hot-water - calm, without cockiness]. The end: pure magic
Great casting (like Gus' films usually have). A nice take on a (now) classic theme in cinema: a love story in which one is terminally ill. Because youth and death are in conflit (or, in other words, they no longer are oposed), when cancer causes a young person to be on the verge of dying (and being forced to face death), this story is an interesting way of looking at death, in a beautiful yet non fetichist way. *
Nice, whimpsical, small film. Well acted by the beautiful Mia Wasikowska, and Harris Savides' lensing (especially the use of autumn colours) is gorgeous. Obviously quite touching, but there's not enough meat on the bone to make it unforgettable. The Cannes-premiere was very nice though, so the overall experience provoked a smile on my face. C+