Written June 12, 2009
I liked this movie even though it was sad and depressing. It depicts life for a lonely woman to be unbearable and wretched. It makes everything else in life seem okay.
Written June 09, 2009
This uncompromising, emotionally charged film still haunts me. It's not a "feel good" movie, but it is an important one. The performances were so excellent, I had to keep reminding myself that it was only a movie. The filmmakers did a classy job of not showing anything explicit or gratuitous onscreen. That's unusual in today's world of hyper-violent, oversexed, shlock on the big screen.
I still keep thinking about the ways we fail to connect with one another. How many people do I pass in a day who could be Nancy? Or Albert? Or Louis? Would I have done any better as a therapist than Carol? I was drawn in. I got INVOLVED with the story. I wanted to save everyone.
Rarely does a movie cause me to *feel* so much.
Written June 11, 2009
This movie is not afraid to tackle the ugly shadow of sexual relationships. At the same time, it never goes "too far" into graphic details. For all the violence on screen these days, this film shows almost none. During each shocking scene, it leaves the viewer to his own imagination.
It takes that kind of class to tell such a shocking story. Nancy is a cutter who needs pain to feel pleasure. Louis is a sadist, willing to do awful things for money. Albert seems like a nice guy at first, but...how does he ignore his wife's struggle for 15 years?! Why aren't they in therapy TOGETHER? My first thought was, these people are a bunch of losers. But then I stated to wonder about my own relationship. Am I present enough for my wife? Do I too easily dismiss her needs, thinking they just don't make sense?
This movie pushed my buttons in an uncompromising way. Relentless, really. I was forced to look inside myself, and I admit I don't like everything that's there.
Written June 05, 2009
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Written June 06, 2009
Very good movie.