In fairness, I would have enjoyed the film a whole lot better if I knew this before watching. Glazer is what you would call a cult director. He has a smallish, dedicated following. That movie barely made its money back, and it took Glazer nine years before getting another picture into the theatres. They are eerie, unnerving. They linger in your memory, and get under your skin.
To me, this is a sign of relevant cinema. In this picture, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who roams Scotland seducing men, then killing them. This ritual repeats itself over and over, until she too meets a harrowing end. It is one of those stories I kept watching out of intrigue contrary, of course, to those who confessed to keep watching for the substantial amount of Scarlett in the flesh.
Where could this all possibly lead? When any answer is ultimately lacking, you are left with the choice to accept this as art — or dismiss it as nonsense. Or was this film intended for readers of the original novel only? The scene sits about twenty-five minutes in, and is set at the beach during wild weather. Our heroine watches the drowning of a couple in the waves while their infant child is left alone, crying. As a parent, I found this the most heart-wrenching scene ever.
This is only the setup — being a long one — for what is to come. Unmoved, the woman observes how a swimmer in wetsuit fails to rescue the couple, and washes up on the beach, exhausted. Today he is a story analyst with experience in international acquisition, development and production.
He co-wrote Danger Close , the biggest budget Australian film of the decade, and has trained and consulted all over the world, including award-winners and Academy Award nominees.
Karel ranks among the most influential people for screenwriting on social media, and speaks a handful of European languages, which he is still trying to find a use for in his present hometown of Sydney, Australia.
This movie that got heaps of attention from critics, most of it good. I thought it needed more of that weird under-the-oil stuff, and the oiled prisoners trying to escape or something rather than just being helpless. There might be an interesting comparison here with Species, where the alien has no trouble seducing men but has a lot of trouble finding one with the specific genes she wants. Ben Kingsley portrayed a riveting, daimonic force of nature.
I have much more respect for a writer or filmmaker who tackles a complexed issue with clear ideas that are not black and white than I do with a self-indulgent artist with pretentions of philosophical insight that makes a work deliberately obscure to cover up lack of substantive thematic content. As both films are rather long for what little underlying real content or message they have. Thinking for oneself is also part of the dynamic of a story I believe.
I went to on a date and during the dinner beforehand decided to end it. He shows almost exactly the same signs as Dave, including regression to a natal state. The aliens are doing to Dave what he did to Hal. Because he i. There was more detail. A week later she dumped me.
I carried it with me for years. The times have changed though, and to me much of what these guys created is now dated. Not everything, though. And you will know which masterpieces have survived the times. Also, note that some of the great arthouse filmmakers of the past started their careers with successful mainstream cinema. So I would never in a million years put the name of Glazer how made three relatively poorly received movies on par with the four names above, who together are responsible for dozens of movies that defined the European cinema of their time.
I can understand why people dislike this film, but I think it is an astonishing piece of cinema. Is the plot thin? I thought there was a lot going on. You have to pay attention and pick up the clues though. The title is literal and metaphoric.
Buy that I mean it requires a perhaps unexpected level of engagement. A sci-fi film with Scarlett J as an alien! It is science fiction film from the branch of the genre that produced , Stalker, Solaris, Alphaville rather than the branch that produced Star Wars, Transformers etc. How does one diminish the other?
Consider that maybe reason the 70s produced such great cinema is because there was an audience with more an adventurous eye? I understand this style of film is not for everybody. But as I filmmaker, I try to feed my brain the most diverse diet possible.
In fact, the whole film is almost the inverse of — from light Star Child to barbarity. The majority of the film examines what it means to human, or more specifically and terrifyingly for the alien , what it means to be female. This is the same theme tackled by Ex-Machina. After her encounter with the disfigured man, Scarlett starts to become human under the skin.
She is unable to continue with her task and attempts to return to Eden — she retreats into nature. And what does find there? The horrifying, true nature of man.
There is a lot more going on in the film — such as the beach scene, the sequence where she has a brief respite in a kind strangers house etc. Everything you need to understand is there. And you most definitly have to be in the right mood! I would also add that it is one of those films that is best seen in the cinema. You are forced to look and find meaning. Your email address will not be published. Or pour yourself something strong. Comments 13 Reply. Post Author Reply.
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