[Tears]("Down By The Water" by PJ Harvey (+) 'Down by the Water' by The Drums) I love its source: Annie Proulx's (Pulitzer Prize-winner author of 'Brokeback Mountain')novel. The literary imaginary's is ever present making this special and look, sound & read in such a poetic way.// "Look, it's no good. Find yourself a girlfriend./ Quoyle: I don't want a girlfriend, I want you/ Petal Bear: [shrugs] Your funeral." </3 ▽
The only element that rings true in this woefully misconceived self-improvement drama is Judi Dench's no-nonsense lesbian mentor. I'm still unsure whether Spacey's performance is indeed horrendous or he was simply miscast. Overall it feels more like a parody of an awards-baiting prestige pic than a genuine piece of work from the same man capable of delivering heartwarming and heartbreaking things like Gilbert Grape.
Being a proud Newfoundlander, I cannot overlook the awful accents most of the cast put on for this film - although I do understand that most people won't know the difference. All in all, it was well crafted with gorgeous cinematography and a compelling, artfully told story. Gordon Pinsent was particularly funny, as usual, and the comedic moments really helped along the pace of this otherwise darkly whimsical film.