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 may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
[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 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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Un filme poderoso que solo atraerá la atención de gente dispuesta a ver un filme denso y lento que necesita apreciación para poderlo disfrutar.
Filmado con un estilo excepcional, The Loneliest Planet es un filme que necesita inmersión por parte de su publico, un filme que usa interludios y tomas de paisajes al estilo de Terrence Malick para provocar una inflexión ante el entorno y la situación.
La película cuenta con buenas interpretaciones por parte de Hani Furstenberg y Gael García Bernal quienes cargan todo el peso dramático y emocional de la película, consiguiendo crear a dos personajes con credibilidad e interés.
A powerful film that will only attract the attention of people willing to see a dense and…
A film that I enjoy thinking about more than I enjoy actually watching.
Gael has beautiful feet. The planet was not just lonely, it was also boring.
This arthouse film did well at a number of festivals. It tells the story of a young American couple Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (Gael García Bernal) who are hiking through the Caucasus in Georgia. With them is local guide Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) an older man who knows the area well.
After some establishing pieces where we see the young couples intimate and loving relationship we spend a great deal of time with them on their walk across the beautifully windswept hills. An even occurs that causes one of the characters to react instinctively - the second half of the film shows the characters dealing with the emotional fallout.
This subject matter (socially unacceptable instinct versus conscious behaviour) has been…
Scavenger Hunt 16
Film #18/Task #7: "A movie about hiking, walking, etc."
I can't decide if this was frustrating or brilliant or both, but it is something special. For the first half of the film, we follow a young engaged couple on a trek through the Georgian mountains w/ their tour guide, and it is filmed in a completely bare, minimalist fashion, almost to the point where you think nothing happens. Then some Thing happens, and in the course of a few seconds, the entire movie changes, and what we've been led to believe about this couple and what they believe about themselves is completely undermined. The immediate comparison can be made to (spoiler!) Force Majeure or other similar films,…
Scavenger Hunt 16 (July 2016)- Film #14, Task 7: A movie about hiking, walking, etc.
If they had walked even a tiny bit faster this would have been at least 20 minutes shorter. At least I got to admire the scenery.
I found this great review of the film, pleased to share it with you: ''Movie is TERRIBLE!!!! No, is worst than you can imagine... There is NOT a theme,it is only 3 people walking in slow motion! Dont waste your time... you must wait 3-4 minutes to see 3 people walk throught from a stady cam...''
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.
my favorite posters from movies i haven't seen! not all of them are actually in my watchlist but they are…
films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.