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.
[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…
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.
It's quite amazing how little happens in this film yet how captivating, interesting and beautiful it is. I watch quite a few films, usually of the mumblecore genre, where there's a very sparse plot, but those usually have a lot of dialogue with a fair few characters and are set often in big cities. The Loneliest Planet contains three characters with any audible lines, and is set on a hiking trip. Most of the film is filled with walking, a lot of silence and the characters occasionally mumble to each other at best. Yet, it was enthralling. Though how the hell this is tagged as a thriller on some sites, I'll never know.
Alex and Nica are on a hiking…
A relationship at a crossroads, the natural environment a passive, unyielding spectator. Beautifully shot and unwavering in its sympathy for all parties involved, it doesn't really have a great deal to say, but it says it with grace.
There is a fantastic short hidden inside of this film, but it's a terrible feature. I love Gael Garcia Bernal, and Hani Furstenberg + Georgian landscape were both very pretty, but there just isn't enough substance to sustain a full-length feature. Even a film as disappointing as 'Force Majeure' trumps the same moral ground as 'The Loneliest Planet'. There's a couple of pivotal scenes, but for the most part, it's just walking. At least 'The Hobbit' made walking more exciting than this.
A movie where virtually almost nothing happens in like 2 hours and where there's so little dialogue. However it's still so captivating for some reason.
Equal parts captivating and frustrating, The Loneliest Planet might be the least overtly thrilling "thriller" I've ever seen. However, what it lacks in standard action (or, you know, a plot), it mostly makes up for with beautiful visuals and subtle, complicated moral grapplings.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg play an engaged couple who, with the help of a local tour guide, hike the remote natural landscape of Georgia (the country). However, one event, which doesn't occur until nearly halfway through the movie, shakes things up and leaves them with big questions about themselves and the nature of their relationship.
Do any of these questions actually get answered? Well, that's up for debate, but writer/director Julia Lotkev impressively explores the…
The Loneliest Planet is a mesmerizing look at a changing relationship against the Georgian Caucusus.
This is probably the worst "first date" movie ever.
Una excelente idea escondida entre dos horas de tomas de la naturaleza.
Me enteré que esta basado en un cuento corto y sólo puedo pensar que habría sido un maravilloso cortometraje.
Si tienes tiempo puede que valga la pena.
La acabo con la sensación de que va a pasar algo pero al final nada. Sucesión de montañas y paisajes de altura. Comienzo de una interesante historia peeero, falta algo!
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