Very boring. I love modern psychology and am especially interested in dream analysis, but this film
was rather cliche and simplistic in the techniques employed by Jung and Freud, there were few truly exciting discussions. Both Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen can act a hundred times better than this. While they both looked of the period, they could be repetitive, changing little from scene to scene. They didn't bring much energy. Though understated expression is necessary to convey era, I don't feel either actor was fully comfortable in their role. Both of them have some good moments though. Keira Knightley on the other hand was just atrocious! I was never a fan of hers, I think she always feels like a movie star or model in every role, she's phoney. But my opinion of her has plummeted to new lows-- this is the worst actress in the world! She plays a stereotypical blithering loony, on par with early camp like Reefer Madness or Maniac. She's worse than the actress from Showgirls.
Pleasant surprise! I expected the worst, it was apparent from previews that this was a highly
dramatized depiction of the Mozart family. And while it does take creative license, the story is largely poetic; It's not a biography, as Shakespeare's Macbeth is not Mac Bethad Mac Findlaich's life. The director is giving us a fairytale set to the backdrop of Salzburg and Paris, part fairytale, part cautionary tale. He told it well. Its a very beautiful film, the textures of the costumes are alive, and the film is full of mood. Delicate lighting truly creates a sense of coldness, sadness. The acting is understated and convincing, Marie Feret and David Moreau have striking faces. I was especially impressed by the performance of Clovis Fouin, the troubled Dauphin. The characters are written complex, filling out a pensive script. Though a little slow, it is still engaging, its quietest scenes can be the most heart-breaking. It also captures life through the eyes of children, its a delicate film.
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