Backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains, walking for hours, an engaged couple and their tour guide trade anecdotes and play games to pass the time, until a momentary misstep, that takes only two or three seconds, changes everything.
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It's obviously a slow film, and the desire to work through its paradoxical density / sparsity (the largeness of the landscape coinciding with that largeness forcing you to exist with two other people on a trip) ends up convincing you that the occasionally fun process of decoding it makes it good. Once decoded though, it feels painfully intentional and retrospectively boring.
Expensive trips nowhere, indeed. Loktev's grand scheme--which is essentially a trap, albeit artfully dissembled by an air of apparent looseness and its tourist couple's immersion in estrangement as play--loses some steam after it springs, in a kinda sorta decisive scene that dilates into a long (and longer-seeming) denouement, overselling its understatement while coyly affirming depressing intractabilities of gender.
(little spoiler) Very good sense of rhythm, of when to use silence and dialogue, of how not to sucumb to the clichés of landscape filming. Could be seen as a thesis about how an event can change the balance of relationships, in that dangerous number - a trio. Or maybe this is a extremely subtle (no subcouncious delirium stuff) With Eyes Wide Shut. In any case, it's so much more than a travellers' movie. Great job.
Subtle and engaging, The Loneliest Planet may appear simple at a first glace but on reflection proves itself smart, thought provoking and cunning in execution. Almost like a documentary, the naturalistic performances bring out all of the nuances of a modern relationship between two avid lovers of 'the road less traveled' as they slowly hike with their guide through the dwarfing, primal Georgian countryside. 3.5 stars
Beautifully shot drama about a newly engaged couple who set out on a hiking trip with a man who barely speaks English and tells awkward jokes for a guide. It seems like a normal romantic trip, until one unexpected moment changes their entire relationship. Hushed and observant Julia Loktev hauntingly evokes the subtle shifts in relationships that are often unspoken. Drags in spots, but strikingly effective.
Assim é THE LONELIEST PLANET: Uma piada triste, um jogo de magia, histórias de castração em massa difusa e ansiedade maçante gotejando lentamente em um deserto verde. Um evento brutal, um gesto impróprio e estas paisagens imensas parecem se fechar com um golpe!