Ask the Dust (2006)
USA / English
In the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel, Hayek will play the fiery Mexican beauty Camilla who hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini (Farrell), a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Interesting adaptation after a novel, but ultimately boring.
The movie has the hallmark of old American writings, with lots of
metaphors and big words for showing what is really everyday life. The
script is original, unlike most of the films today, because is based on
a book about the depression era in the US. The actors play very well
and the images are very well done. I would venture to say the
soundtrack was equally flawless, since it didn't bother me one bit
(didn't really notice it, either).
So what was wrong about the movie? I don't know. Maybe the pace, since
it was two hours long. Or the subject, which was ... smooth. I mean,
there were no real bumps in it. Everything just went by itself. In the
tradition of "road writers" the character is almost an observer, left
to his own emotions, but incapable of acting. I can't say that
characters weren't original, but more in the direction of weirdly
annoying rather than interesting.
Bottom line: it's a drama. The romance itself is strong, not the
diluted stuff you see nowadays, but I wouldn't call this a romantic
movie. I suggest watching it when you feel philosophical or want
something new, yet slow paced.
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