Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
[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…
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…
I've been battling myself about this one since I saw it. The fact that it's stayed with me is a good thing, and speaks to how well-crafted it is. Literally nothing happens but some mostly silent walking in the countryside for most of the film. There are some relationship-building and characterizations in the first 45 mins or so that serve to make the three things that actually happen in this film jaw-droppingly brilliant. I can't think of another time a moment in a film has been so pivotal and shocking that I literally had to pause it because I was freaking out so much. If you've seen this, you know exactly what I'm talking…
Αναπάντεχα όμορφο, όσο και λυρικό, το ταξίδι του The Loneliest Planet είναι ένα υπόγειο συναισθηματικό βίωμα.
I really tried to watch this film a couple of times but all it did was to confirm the lack of care I had for this two individuals. I was quite interested when I read the plot but I felt like I was trying too hard to be involved in this relationship that they both clearly did not care about. Beautiful scenery though.
So many stunning moments captured in this film against the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. A quiet, but resonant piece about relationships, gender roles, and how a single false step along the way can shake the foundation of the strongest of unions. From frame one it plays like something shattering is about to happen and when that moment does arrive, it completely subverts the viewer's expectations, and manages to be more disquieting than could be expected. The moment comes and goes, creating ripples that extend beyond the screen. Everything that comes after the fateful moment is tense in a way beyond comprehension given what little transpires on the film itself.
The film rests on the shoulders of the three actors. Furstenberg in particular gives a performance that relies very little on dialogue and yet communicates so much to the audience. Bernal has the less challenging role but is equally great.
Nothing ruins a vacation faster...
okay they're walking
they're walking some more
there's goats and shit
they're walking again
there's some goat herders
one of them has a gun
they're walking again
okay it's over
a lot of the people in the theater look pissed
Stunning cinematography can't interest me in lifeless characters no matter how well performed the roles are. The dialogue is sparse and the character's goals even more ephemeral.
I was disappointed after reading so many five star reviews but I guess this was just one of those films to put in the 'not for me' camp.
Finally caught up with this one after hearing such great buzz a couple of years ago. Happy to say it largely merits its reputation. It's an interesting, fascinating exercise in visual storytelling and the limits of verbal communication, one whose apparent simplicity and placid surface belie its hidden depths. Even if I didn't know it was based on a short story, its dramatic structure gives the game away, especially the key moment that finally inserts conflict into the story—or, perhaps, reveals conflicts that were already there.
It's a brave choice, in any event, to place us in an unknown context (the wilds of the Georgian Caucasus) with characters whose histories we barely see, whose names are scarcely uttered, and not…
The first thing you notice in The Loneliest Planet is the way director Julia Loktev shoots star Hani Furstenberg, all big eyes and bright hair stark against the largely colourless, crass backgrounds. You notice it because it becomes clear she is using this visual motif symbolically and, depending on your reading of the film, perhaps sarcastically so. We are presented with a couple backpacking through the Caucasus Mountains, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Furstenberg) and their Georgian guide. The film works because its slow, deliberate pacing allows us to spend so much time with the couple, to see them at their most vulnerable and intimate moments. Indeed, not a lot of "action" happens in the movie at all until…
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There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it plot twist about halfway through, but for most of this movie it's all verrrrry lonnnng shots of landscapes, hair, and a young couple who staunchly refuse to give up anything about themselves to the viewer. Their tour guide seems like he might actually be a human, and has a (very lengthy) showcase story at the end where he describes…
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