this took me like 2 hours to make but im so pleased
The Loneliest Planet
A local guide takes a young couple through a twisted backpacking trip across the Georgian wilderness.
Nothing happens for an hour. Then one thing happens and someone makes a knee jerk reaction. Then one no one talks about either the thing that happened or the the reaction to what happened. Hard to say since no one's talking. Then nothing happens for another hour until there's an awkward moment. Then nothing happens at the end. I was riveted.
[reviewed from AFI 2011]
Second go. Feared I might find the first half a little get-to-the-Incident enervating this time, but Loktev has an uncanny knack—also on display in Day Night Day Night—for making the eventless eventful, mostly via attention to arresting details that are unusual without being "quirky." (I was about to note that the "chimpanzee" headstand arguably crosses that line, but then suddenly suspected that that's an actual alternative to e.g. "Mississippi" somewhere or other, and sure enough. Headstand itself's still a bit cute, though.) And I remain in awe of the high-wire act that constitutes the aftermath, in which any and all discussion of what happened gets postponed until after the credits roll—a stunt that only works…
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It wasn't until the closing credits that I had any idea this was based on a short story, but my response was "of course it was;" I could easily imagine this being a Raymond Carver creation. There's something fundamentally different about the way short stories deal with character-building and "incident," and Loktev has such an instinctive sense for conveying those differences. In any other version of this story, we're going to get plenty of early hints about his character that lead us like breadcrumbs to The Thing Alex Eventually Does, and we're certainly not going to learn more about the life and back-story of the supporting guide character than we do about either of our ostensible protagonists. But this isn't…
The visuals, beautiful.
The story, ugly.
A hopeless film,
and also a brilliant one.
Edit: after a few hours rest, I have reflected a bit on the final few scenes of this film, and found something to hope for.
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I prefer these kinds of movies with a little shorter running time but this is top notch minimalism. The director even found a way to self destruct a strong, loving relationship without any words. The hypnotic score and grandiose cinematography are definitely enough to overwhelm the viewer into a meditative state. It seemed like sort of a middle finger to the superficial feminism that gets spewed out by the lowest common denominator of Womyns' Studies majors. It follows the minimalist recipe but there is more than enough fresh ideas to chew on, especially the "turning point". I was always looking forward to seeing where the lead actress' red hair would take us next.
The Loneliest Planet is a film I really want to love. It's slow, and takes its time, and wants to reel you into the relationship between the main couple. However, The Loneliest Planet is also slow and takes too much time.
I really love when films take their time to show you things instead of rushing, but there is a difference between taking your time and meandering around in a vain attempt to stretch out the running time.
There's a real subtle beauty to the main theme of The Loneliest Planet, but it really doesn't need to be a 2 hour film. This would be fine at 80 minutes, and actually manage to make a harder impact. Gael Garcia Bernal…
No le apostaba mucho al principio por la sinopsis tan simple.
Pero pffffffffffffffff. Después de esperar casi una hora a que pasara algo interesante de verdad, ya no me pude despegar.
Y es que no es ese "algo" lo que me mantuvo ahí, sino lo mucho que le afectó a cada uno de los personajes. Se puede palpar la diferencia del ambiente entre la primera y segunda mitad de la película.
Los planos abiertos son eso, abiertos a más no poder y con una inmensidad y profundidad (y duración) tremenda.
No soy muy afín a las películas minimalistas, pero ésta en particular me gustó mucho. Me exigió paciencia y me recompensó al final.
P.D. No sé por qué, pero podría pasarme horas viendo a Gael bebé caminando entre plantas, lodito, agua, sentado viendo a la nada y así.
Would've been a better short film. I appreciate the slow burn and all but there's a point where the message was sent and we all got it and then there's another 30 minutes left. Not bad.
[Ich finde ihn in der Retrospektive besser, als es die damalige Besprechung vermuten lässt.]
I wouldn't go hiking with Gael García Bernal.
With Brian, Jesse and Max. Slow hike trance. Library DVD.
Similarly themed to Swedish masterpiece Force Majeure, The Loneliest Planet shares an interest in the sudden and dramatic recalibrating of the terms of a romantic relationship. When characters in both films are presented with danger and react instinctively, a once-loving dynamic with their significant other(s) shifts into something different, potentially obliterating all that came before. Both films interrogate masculinity in appealing ways, though Loneliest Planet, released in 2012 and directed by Julia Loktev, is far more internal than Ruben Ostlund’s near-operatic 2014 film.
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg as a globe-trotting, outdoorsy couple hiking through Georgia, Loneliest Planet depicts the pair very much in love, aided by Bernal and Furstenberg generating plenty of chemistry. In a largely scoreless…
Material that was better handled by Force Majeur.
The Loneliest Planet had all the makings of an interesting film. It has gender politics slowly simmering underneath that occasionally surface until it hits it's boiling point in a sudden way. And once it does hit that event that alters the dynamic it just kind of hangs out there. You can see how it affects the characters as they move on from it awkwardly, but they never manage to bring themselves to discuss it. Julia Loktev represents it in an interesting way too. Prior to that event the framing was much wider showing the openness of the world around them and when it came in closer the couple is always together or alongside one another. But once it happens the…
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Didn't go so well in June (watched just over half), so I'll attempt the hunt again in July!