A movie about the choice that every person must make in life when one has a broken soul: to either survive with it or go to the bottom of unending despair. Any movie that gave us the presence of Anna Paquin (and what a natural talent she is) is to be cherished as she almost steals the entire show from the just as good adults. Had deserved the Academy Award too. It is such a mesmerising film.
A lovely little gem about a stubborn mute obsessed with her piano that somehow gets caught up between two men. The music in this film is sublime, as is little Anna Paquin who ruins everything. There’s always a special connection with characters that are trapped within their own heads and here we get to know Holly Hunter’s character better than most.
Intense and stylish, this plays as an earthy revenge drama syncronised with fecundity, touch, sound and sensation, perhaps to compensate for Ada's muteness. It's stunning to the eye and ear, although not especially profound. Nevertheless it lingers on as a series of strong images set to to that (after a time) infernal tune. It remains Campion's most fully formed piece to date and is still her mainstream calling card.
an intense study of character and womanhood. holly hunter's wordless acting is striking, if anna paquin's is a bit cartoonish. the way that this film avoids putting its male characters into stereotypes (particularly in the husband) brings a drawing complexity to the entire story as well as hunter's own character. fantastic.