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…
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.
De voettocht van dertigers Alex (Bernal) en Nica (Hani Furstenberg) door het woeste weidse Georgische landschap wordt door regisseuse Julia Loktev met geduldige kalmte gevolgd. Ze geeft de acteurs de gelegenheid hun relatie op te bouwen, geleid door het script en vermoedelijk door veel improvisatie. Begeleid door lokale gids Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) betreedt het verloofde paar de wildernis zonder na te denken over mogelijke risico’s. Ze geloven net zo naïef in de onschuld van de natuur als solitaire backpacker Chris (Emile Hirsch) in Into The Wild (Sean Penn, 2007) en berenliefhebber Timothy Treadwell in Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, ).
De cello van componist Richard Skelton doet denken aan de filmmuziek die Ernst Reijseger heeft gemaakt voor Herzogs documentaires. Skelton benadrukt in zijn spel zowel de schoonheid als het potentiële gevaar van het bergachtige landschap. Wat ontbreekt, is Herzogs voice-over.
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A lot of really pretty wide shots plus that one really intense scene. I don't think I'm impressed with much else. Also, the opening is really well done.
Reminiscent of the moments I've wanted to say something to someone, but found I couldn't. Where I've got this hyper awareness of passing time through the hypnotic sounds of my surroundings.
De ene na de andere longshot roept veel vragen op
Nica (Hani Furstenberg) is met haar geliefde Alex (Gael García Bernal) op vakantie in de Kaukasus. We weten niet wat de precieze achtergrond van hun relatie is, want dat laat cineast Julia Loktev uitvoerig buiten beeld. Wat wel duidelijk wordt, is dat deze tortelduifjes van avontuur houden, want na een korte prelude wordt gids Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) aangesteld, en beginnen ze aan een trektocht door bergen en dallen. Voor deze reis wisselt Loktev lange longshots van de omgeving af met wiebelende beelden van de groep.
De longshots, waarin we de groep van een afstand bewonderen, worden versterkt door dromerige muziek. De adembenemende beelden van de woeste Kaukasus spreken vooral het…
I was pleasantly surprised at the first half's ability to command my attention given how little happens. Post-incident stuff felt accurate but too redundant. Loved those wide shots though.
What a scenic, open-ended slowburn.
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.
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