This movie comes as the most Guadagdino's works are. While "Call Me by Your Name" was an experience of the first time you fall in love or how "Suspiria" was the first time you got the fear, "The Staggering Girl" is as scary as its theme. I don't know but I want to give it another watch again to see it more closely what Guadagdino wants to tell us.
There is a feeling that you rarely get from watching a film, but when you get it, it's the most wonderful thing in the world. Is this movie a little "style over substance"? ...Perhaps. But it really works for me. Not to forget about the ending sequence, a very beautifully composed "catharsis" moment, that is purely staggering.
To my surprise, I've seen this movie being very much critcized. Well, as someone who rarely creates expactations, I was able to enjoy the simplicity of this production. It's far from being the best of Luca Guadagnino, but surely is worth watching! To those who follow the work of this brilliant director, it's indispensable!
So peculiar. I’m saying 3 stars partly out of belief that I didn’t do this picture justice by watching on the mobile app. Otherwise I went between being confused and feeling like I was watching a Derek Jarman adaptation of Virginia Woolf. Certainly sumptuous and intriguing, but not accessible.
My first Guadagnino film left me with mixed disappointment and admiration. Well-crafted shots, good acting by Moore, a curious interplay blends reality, memory & fantasy, a suggestion of many ideas. Then it just suddenly ends with a dance scene & I'm left wondering what the hell was it all about. Ultimately, I found it vacuous at its core, despite it's glossy & attractive shell. I will watch more Guadagnino though.
Um roteiro muito confuso e um final deslocado atrapalham uma ideia interessante: a de explorar como uma pessoa é, na verdade, muitas — e como os conflitos entre elas estão postos pelo tempo. A cena da personagem adulta que revive sua paixão adolescente como adulta, não como adolescente, é o reflexo de um auge que nunca chega, apesar de prometer o tempo todo. No final, a sensação é de uma meia hora maçante.
Interesting movie, but a mixed bag. The award for worst simulated German accent goes to... Kyle MacLachlan! He was otherwise fine, but barely in it. Julianne Moore carries it, as she cannot help but be interesting. Kiki Layne is alluring and mysterious- until she speaks. The mother was very good. We all wish we had an artistic genius for a parent, but of course there are issues with self-absorption/detachment.
It looks nice, has a good score and there are some potentially interesting ideas you can pick out from the "abstract" direction, but overall it doesn't amount to anything, feeling bland and hollow with the illusion of layered storytelling, and by the end you realise that it's basically just a commercial.
Everything - the score, cinematography, outfits, scenery, actors, and even the pacing - is beautiful in a typically Italian way. This doesn't come at the expense of any substance, though; in fact, it enhances the intrigue at the centre of the brief story. Very enjoyable, and certainly worth seeing.