Larraín and Armstrong create the most beautifully ugly shots.Their slightly overexposed, wide angle shots with the bluish tint, could have signified the Divine(openness,brightness,sky).But no. The wide angles are distorting, the blue is sickly & the overexposure washes out the colors.It feels as if everyone in this "purgatory" is surrounded by an endless emptiness.Redemption isn't coming.God doesn't live here anymore
The atmosphere is thick and suffocating in this drama about denial and ultimately repentance. Everything is masterfully controlled by Larrain, from the nuanced and excellent performances, the roaming camera work and the operatic finale. Beautifully dull cinematography serves to reinforce the story further. Possibly Larrain's best work.
A film that pulls no punches. Can you forgive these people? Is it not enough to leave them in peace, to live with their own guilt? Apparently not, and Larrain deftly outmanoeuvres our expectations as he places these four on a path of true repentance. A wonderful film - difficult to watch in places, but stitched together with a rich soundtrack that balances the film well. I shall be watching Larrain closely on Mubi.
Director Pablo Larrain doesn't really ever make bad movies, from my experience of his work, and this is one of his best. The uncomfortable subject matter and more squirm-inducing scenes hide what turns out to be a rather beautiful and haunting mix of pitch-black comedy and intense drama. The script is sharp, and all of the performances match it.
We are holier than though! A much treaded upon topic, but slightly wackier. Beautiful small town coastal scenery provides the backdrop to this strange tale of a community of priests whose tranquil lives are disrupted by new-comer priest who brings his haunted past with him. They are forced to do penance of their own pasts to ensure their futures. The Arvo Pärt soundtrack is very fitting. Worth a watch!
Cruel and troubling. Larrain's film has no love for the people it presents, but it gives them time regardless. Not so they can redeem themselves, or to humanize them to our empathy, but to educate us to the extent of of their evil, to its everyday appearance and habits. Troubling and cruel.
The film refuses easy access to characters' interior lives; all you have is each person's word to balance against the infinity of possible "truths" that the words might be masking. (The Cinemascope aesthetic further fogs up your view of the priests' psychic lives). Victimhood cannot be easily ascribed to any given person: each connives and plots after their own unique desires. To repent would mean to give desire up.
It is definitely a memorable film, it carries a strong content and makes one shudder at the mere idea of the depths this sort of evil comes from and wonder about its origins - on some level it's got this Lynch or von Trier effect, where the human element is so realistic and reeks of sadism. Makes you cringe in your seat.. A necessary film but oh so hard to watch..
An elegantly difficult film, I appreciated it's honest and scathing perspective on a trying subject. I find religious folks are often portrayed in extremes in cinema, either one dimensional saints or villians or fools. This film tried to add nuance but it also lacked entirely in grace. I'm grateful I watched it but I'm not sure what to make of it.