I will confess that I only saw the last half of this movie, so take my review with a grain of salt.
This movie seemed poorly acted and written. The dialogue wasn't terrific either. Overall, I wouldn't spend $12... maybe wait for rental.
I loved this book and was sad that the movie just didn't measure up. (For a movie that DID measure
up to the book, see "The Help"!).
Some of the sets seem super fake.
The long drawn out shot of actresses staring out into space as they transition back and forth from 1800s to modern day felt agonizing.
Many scenes & much of the dialogue FELT like acting to me. I wasn't able to get "caught up" in the story like you WANT to do when watching a movie.
I would've LOVED to just had the WHOLE story about Snowflower & Lily in 1800s China. More details about the foot binding & the laotung & the marriages & opium addiction & women's subservience would be enthralling. (Although the foot-binding scenes felt woefully underplayed... this would have been physically AGONIZING for the child and emotionally agonizing for the mother who had no choice if she wanted a better future for her "worthless" daughter... they made it seem like it was merely slightly painful, with the children whimpering).
(NOTE: iThis movie is almost entirely in French with English subtitles.)
There have been a zillion
books and movies about the tragedies of WW2... some heart wrenching and uniquely brilliant (Schindler's List) and others, meh.
This wasn't the best or the worst of the bunch, but it was good AND it was about something most of us have never even HEARD about; the FRENCH Vel' d'Hiv Roundup (a Nazi decreed raid and mass arrest in Paris by the French police on 16 and 17 July 1942). These 13,152 jewish French citizens were kept in horrific conditions inside the velodrome until they were transferred to the Beaune-la-Rolande camp . First the men then the women were deported to the death camp in Auschwitz for extermination. Most French people had never even HEARD of this until 1995 when then President Jacques Chirac apologized for the atrocities. The movie went back and forth from WW2 to a present day story.
Silver Linings Playbook
Midnight in Paris
The King's Speech
How to Train Your Dragon 3D
Les Miserables (2012)
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