Written July 17, 2009
This story should have been told as an Opera not as a film. It failed as a filmed opera because the moral fiber of nearly all of the characters was indistinct; one felt that he/she shouldn't really like most of them at all and it was easy to adopt a largely indifferent attitude to their "plight". In a staged opera that would have been transcended in the way that is typical for Grand Opera [ie hyper dramatized characters]. This movie was at once surreal, self absorbed, grandiose, Catholic, and kinda derivative. Marlon Brando envy strikes a chord here. Nice choreopgraphy and well conceived use of music. Weird camera angles sometimes. Crazy Dadaist-like theatre scenes that are typical of post-modernist France but I wonder about Buenos Aries. If you dig Coppola you'll probably like this flick, I suspect that I just didn't get it [like I didn't really get Coppola's Viet Namized version of Heart of Darkness]. The "edge of madness" themes of Coppola are becoming somewhat tired.
Written August 13, 2009
sophidsticated, cinematographically beautiful, interesting plot and character development, sheer blis to see the characters, the cinematography, and the scenery. superb hidden gem.I loved it.