This movie is not good for the very young. The script represents how society was in 1860 in England. The class society was very strong. The different classes were not allowed to co-exist together except in limited circumstances. If a woman had a sexual affair with a man that is lower class, this is tantamount to becoming dead if others find out about it. That is what happened to the woman in this movie. She commits suicide in this story. Also, the lover violently kills her pet bird. It is too sexual for children to watch this movie.
I waffled about whether to give one star or 3-1/2, because there's some all-in acting going on, but I cannot recommend this at all. Warning : unexpected awful scene, I haven't screamed like that since Hannibal TV. Warning : it's not a movie, it's a stage play with 3 actors. Warning : it looks like Jane Austen but is actually Ibsen. Warning : they have great chemistry for a couple of seconds, but 99 percent of it is all cold and surreal. Fact: i feel asleep because I was tired, woke up to an even more WTF scene, rewatched what I missed, and it didn't make a difference.
I expected that the movie would be good once I saw the names of three excellent actors (Chastain, Farrell and Morton), and that the film was written and directed by Liv Ullman. It was extremely tedious, too much talking, not enough action. Reminded me a bit of those slow and depressing Swedish movies that Liv Ullman acted in during the 1970s. Maybe that is where she got the idea on how to direct the film. Not even Colin Farrell could save this movie. I fast forwarded through a lot of it, hoping that something of interest would happen and that the plot would quicken and get interesting. Then I scrolled back, afraid that maybe I had missed something interesting, but I hadn't. A movie showing Colin Farrell's excellent acting ability is "In Bruges". Would recommend that one.
In our Twitter age this Liv Ullman adaptation, clocking in at over two hours, of the Strindberg classic is a fish out of water. If you like words and are interested in class and sexuality this movie might hold your attention. It is difficult and uncomfortable material to wade through. Be prepared to be upset. Interestingly the film cost over $5 million and earned a little over $1 million, mostly in international box office sales.
Movie to much verbal interaction,not enough scenery or other interpersonal action.Both lead actors extordinaly talented.This was a waste of there acting abilities.
It was just OK and it was very slow indeed!
Extremely slow movie. Wanted to turn it off many times but keep watching hoping it would get better. Nope never did.
Though the acting was good. They both can play crazy well.
Yikes. This is pretty twisty and intense. I can't honestly say that I enjoyed it.
I was not familiar with Strindberg's play, and was bewildered by the first scenes of this movie version directed by Liv Ullmann. The power balance between a young lady and her servants takes a while to become clear. But I recommend staying with it until the second half/act, when the scales tip and the performances are very compelling. It's visually beautiful, with warm reds and blues.
The film reminds the audience that much of the late 19th century social chaos on class is still alive today, as the OWS movement, based on the classic Strindberg play, serious theater and not some "Three's Company" erotic comedy.
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