UK / English
In this film, told entirely in verse, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician...
Uncompromising Film with Serious Themes
First off, you need to set your expectations. This is an extremely arty
film. There are no explosions, chase scenes, or guns in this movie.
Instead, we have a film with metaphors, themes and relationships. There
are few movies I have seen recently that attack such large and serious
The major themes in this movie are God, love and politics. During the
course of the movie, racism and war, terrorism and the Middle East,
infidelity, atheism and Marxism are all brought on stage.
As if that weren't enough, the majority of the dialog is in rhymed
verse, with perhaps occasional interjections of free verse. In fact,
the entire very contemporary script has a vaguely Shakespearean feel to
it, though there is no shortage of four letter words.
The entire cast of the movie is wonderful, but the centerpiece of the
entire film is Joan Allen, who gives an almost supernaturally wonderful
performance. The heart of the movie is a moving love story, but this is
a serious romance with strong, deeply emotional scenes designed to
reflect adult, rather than teenage, themes.
There are also major metaphors in the movie, such as the role of
cleaning, which usually stands for an attempt to wipe out guilt or
corruption, and the use of glass, and particularly glasses of water, to
show the way different viewpoints distort a particular perception of
If you are prepared to see a very serious, beautiful made, and
extremely arty film, then this is an excellent way to spend your time.
I simply loved the movie, and would probably enjoy seeing it again
sometime soon. But please, don't bother to go if you are looking for
something else. This is a very heartfelt and intense movie, which
refuses to compromise.
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