Étrange, minéral, beau, des personnages hors d'âge, absolus et jusqu’au-boutistes des plans qui sont l’œuvre d'un talentueux photographe et qui nous décalent et nous distancient de tout même du cinéma. Un début et une fin qui déchirent. Impressionnant et rare.
i was somehow really disgusted by this film in the beginning of it, but i went through it till the end, and i didn't regret one bit, one of the most spectacular endings that i've seen in a film, and it's been a year since i've seen it, and still, sometimes the idea of the last scene comes back to me either from life events or from the depths of my mind. this film is what cinema should be in my honest opinion
O filme trata a complexidade amorosa da vida humana, de um modo muito austero, sem qualquer melodrama, mas com uma simplicidade e uma honestidade brilhante, com uma luz límpida, numa perspectiva contemplativa, meditativa. O tempo é interrompido para assistirmos a este drama, mas depois a paz e a harmonia são restabelecidas.
Watching this film was strange and beautiful. The screening, at the time, had just a handful of people. And I had no idea of what would unfold in front of me (my ideal state, before a film starts). And now, I need a second view. I remember a stunning cinematography, silence, the interior of houses, a language with misterious phonetics, my mind not being able to link that phonetics to the landscape. Loved it.
Brilliant, beautiful, acting stripped down to pure emotion. I wonder though what would truely happen in circumstances such as these in a deeply religious community - has this been replaced with a more generic sense of the spiritual? If so it worked for this non-religious viewer. But these are Mennonites playing themselves so I guess that answers my question. It certainly stays with you for a long time afterwards.
I don't think I'll ever be inclined to watch this again, but it is a very good film. The opening and closing scenes are stunning and the scene with Johan crying at the table by himself is devastating. However, at times it did lack emotional cords that were required for it to fully work, but still a very good piece. 3.5/5
Do we really need actors?! I don't understand acting and can barely ever tell if it's "good" or "bad". When you have films like this as well as those of Bresson, Dumont and Hou amongst many others using almost exclusively non-actors to such magical effect, you wonder if we shouldn't just do away with the whole institution! The ending caught me seriously off guard and left me in a daze. Beautiful.