I was lucky enough to revisit this one on the big screen. My first thought upon stepping out of the theater: “Jesus Christ, that is a sad movie.” Not just because of all the death and dismemberment, but because it disputes the very notion of uncomplicated happiness. In this elegiac fairy tale, every decision is a sacrifice. Every bit of beauty—whether the vast greenery, rippling waters, or open skies—has a moral implication. Not one goddamn thing is easy.
February 09, 2017