There’s rarely anything out there that feels as deeply as Carol. Todd Haynes’ achingly sublime, artful evocation of love is a rarefied, nearly-extinct breed of cinema that breathes life into the classically…
Take away Angelina Jolie’s marquee name and we have a harrowing, visceral and unsentimental look into the Bosnian War that could have been directed by an established European director. With a stature as hers, she could have made anything straight out of from Vanityville, but instead she opts for this gritty political war drama and Jolie deserves all the credit for it.
A misguided adaptation that fails to be as witty, poignant and heartbreaking as its original source, resulting in a sexless, lacklustre and crushingly conventional romantic caper. This only adds evidence to a universal truth that some books are better left untouched.
Although Blue Valentine is undeniably saddening, its narrative approach is too self-conscious to deliver a truly heartbreaking coda. Nevertheless, this is an emotionally blistering autopsy of a dead romance, surgically examining a bitter universal truth that love, as much as it can bring two people together, can also tear them both apart.
It never quite give the emotional catharsis the story needs, but Never Let Me Go is a lesson in subdued, understated storytelling, undermined by this era of dramatic fireworks. Less is more, and Romanek has crafted a quietly devastating, thought-provoking meditation on the impermanence of human life so profound that it makes a hundred sci-fi dramas look overwrought.
Everyone Else casts an excruciatingly surgical look into the complexity of modern relationships, yet never without its truths, compassion and deep understanding of the humans involved in this relationship-on-the-rocks drama. Watch with patience and with open mind and heart, you might learn something from this Scandinavian gem.