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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted June 26 2005 - 11:23 AM

I just finished watching this DVD, and was profoundly moved. Toni Collette is truly amazing. Has anyone else seen it?

#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Doug Bull

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Posted June 26 2005 - 12:01 PM

A beautiful film with an incredible performance from the wonderful Toni Collette.

I had read the reviews that said the movie was divided into two sections, but I was still totally unprepared for what was to unfold.

It is one of those movies that stays with you long after the closing credits have faded.

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Jerry R Colvin

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Posted June 27 2005 - 01:13 AM

One of my first Netflix experiences, a couple of months ago.

Great movie. I'm still thinking about it, and want to see it again sometime.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted June 27 2005 - 02:42 AM

I share your enthusiasm. I am at work, and still can't stop thinking about it. Which might surprise some, as they might have been bored. To be sure, it moves at a glacial pace. But that is as it should be, I think. We are watching the full arc of a character's development. I can't decide whether this vision of a Life is nihilistic or hopeful. The name Sandy, itself, is evocative of the arid, implying a Life that is, in some ways, desiccated, drained, eroded, and dead. I'm not sure if she was better off before or after "the incident."

At the end, I expected some expository dialogue between Sandy and her mother (or with Baird) to go into her feelings more -- to make things explicit for the viewer and define exactly all the things that might be going through her mind. Neatly sweeping things up, so to speak. But I am glad the director and writer chose not to do so. It gives the movie an oceanic feeling, a "real" depth. Sandy's reactions are complex, wide ranging, and clearly seen on Collette's face. But we never get to hear all the things that are on her mind. Which is as it should be, because that's often the way it is... and thus giving it that depth I sensed. I can almost fool myself into thinking that these are real lives.

#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted June 27 2005 - 02:56 AM

I saw the film in its brief U.S. theatrical run, and I share the appreciation of it. Among its many virtues, its almost a textbook example of how to use the "epic" widescreen frame for an intimate, personal story. The film makes spectacular use of locations (the mining scenes really stuck in my memory), but the breathtaking vistas are used primarily to show you the isolation of these two people on their unexpected adventure together.

Collette tends to be known as an "emoter" because of roles like The Sixth Sense. This film confirms her range as an actor, because this character would rather do anything than let her feelings show.

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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted June 27 2005 - 03:19 AM

One thing I've been puzzling over is: Why is it titled Japanese Story?

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Posted June 27 2005 - 10:49 AM

Great film; pity the US release was cut for time. The R2 and R4 DVDs are uncut.

#8 of 10 OFFLINE   John*K

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Posted June 27 2005 - 01:26 PM

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Among its many virtues, its almost a textbook example of how to use the "epic" widescreen frame for an intimate, personal story. The film makes spectacular use of locations (the mining scenes really stuck in my memory), but the breathtaking vistas are used primarily to show you the isolation of these two people on their unexpected adventure together.

And yet, it is not the immense desert that poses the true threat/catalyst; it is a shallow pool of water. One of the movie's profound ironies.

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Great film; pity the US release was cut for time. The R2 and R4 DVDs are uncut.

Jace,

Which would you recommend? I never thought I would have to get a region free player, but I guess I do now!

Thanks much.

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Jace_A

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Posted June 27 2005 - 04:44 PM

The R2 is the pick; it has all the extras of the R4 (more than the R1) plus a DTS track.

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted June 28 2005 - 10:46 AM

ditto the accolades already given. i really liked this movie. it just made me realize what a great actress collette is ... really one of my faves now.
 





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