Thursday, November 21, 2013
One thing that struck me off guard, but I ended up enjoying, was the characters occasionally start singing. Not full length musical numbers, but brief musical moments of dialogue or sometimes just, I guess you would call it narration. The first time it happened, I was like "What the fuck is going on?", but then I came to expect and enjoyed it. I don't know if the singing was done by the actual actors or not, but it seemed pretty believable to me. It brought to mind the singing from THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG.
I liked BELOVED, but at 139 minutes it overstayed it's welcome by like 20 minutes. Also I never really cared for any of the characters. Yeah, they've got problems, but it seemed to me that most of their problems were self-made. They all had nice clothes and places to live, but yet they filled their time by getting shitfaced and feeling sorry for themselves. So I guess in that sense it's pretty realistic!
Okay story that's never compelling, interesting little musical moments, Catherine Deneuve looking old but still beautiful, self-pity, good acting by Radivoje Bukvic and Paul Schneider. Worth a watch, but nothing to go out of your way for.