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Alex Florez

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2009/03/03 at 12:00am

Australia

03.3.2009 | By |

Rating: 2.0

Rated: PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language.
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Starring: Baz Lurhmann, Ronald Harwood
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Country:USA, Australia
Official Website: http://australiamovie.com/

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With ‘Moulin Rouge!’, visionary filmmaker Baz Lurhmann finished his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’ (Strictly Ballroom and Romeo+Juliet are the other two) – a series of stylized and highly choreographed retelling of stories we’re all pretty familiar with. 

Australia however, Lurhmann’s latest film, is not only a departure in style and content but in ambition as well.  Let’s just say this is Lurhmann’s ‘Gone with the Wind’.   A near three hour epic no one other than himself could have directed. 

But Lurhmann fans need not fret.  There is still plenty of singing (no, it’s not quite a musical) and borderline corniness to make your time worthwhile. 

The romantic action adventure sets itself in a country on the explosive brink of World War II.  In it, an English aristocrat named Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels down under, where she meets a rough hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited.  On this journey however, she finds herself caring for an enchanting young orphan named Nullah (brilliantly played by Brandon Walters), a half-Aboriginal, half-Caucasian boy adrift in a segregated society that treats him as an outcast.

And that’s precisely where the strength of the film lies. The story, narrated by the boy himself, is most powerful when it confronts Australia’s horrifying past.  Yet Lurhmann cautiously tries to abstain from the plight of the Australian aborigines in the 1940s.  A deeper exploration of the historical context in which it set its love story, would have served it well. Instead the film flirts with a magical realism that is mawkishly sentimental.

As an action film there are certainly some riveting sequences which prove that Lurhmann can direct more than mere dance numbers.  And though the accents are a bit difficult to navigate past, the performances are solid as well.  But in the end, it’s the long running time and the lack of focus in the screenplay that do the film in.

Alex Florez

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2008/11/24 at 12:00am

Australia

11.24.2008 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language.
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Starring: Baz Lurhmann, Ronald Harwood
Director(s):
Distributor:
Film Genre:
Country: USA, Australia
Official Website: http://australiamovie.com/

Go to our film page

Australia

With ‘Moulin Rouge!’, visionary filmmaker Baz Lurhmann finished his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’ (Strictly Ballroom and Romeo+Juliet are the other two) – a series of stylized and highly choreographed retelling of stories we’re all pretty familiar with. 

Australia however, Lurhmann’s latest film, is not only a departure in style and content but in ambition as well.  Let’s just say this is Lurhmann’s ‘Gone with the Wind’.   A near three hour epic no one other than himself could have directed. 

But Lurhmann fans need not fret.  There is still plenty of singing (no, it’s not quite a musical) and borderline corniness to make your time worthwhile. 

The romantic action adventure sets itself in a country on the explosive brink of World War II.  In it, an English aristocrat named Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels down under, where she meets a rough hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited.  On this journey however, she finds herself caring for an enchanting young orphan named Nullah (brilliantly played by Brandon Walters), a half-Aboriginal, half-Caucasian boy adrift in a segregated society that treats him as an outcast.

And that’s precisely where the strength of the film lies. The story, narrated by the boy himself, is most powerful when it confronts Australia’s horrifying past.  Yet Lurhmann cautiously tries to abstain from the plight of the Australian aborigines in the 1940s.  A deeper exploration of the historical context in which it set its love story, would have served it well. Instead the film flirts with a magical realism that is mawkishly sentimental.

As an action film there are certainly some riveting sequences which prove that Lurhmann can direct more than mere dance numbers.  And though the accents are a bit difficult to navigate past, the performances are solid as well.  But in the end, it’s the long running time and the lack of focus in the screenplay that do the film in.

 

Jack Rico

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2007/11/30 at 12:00am

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

11.30.2007 | By |

Rated: PG 13
Release Date: 2007-11-30
Starring: Ronald Harwood
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Country: USA
Official Website: http://www.lescaphandre-lefilm.com/

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Quizás una de las mejores películas que usted pueda ver este año es ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ del pintor y director neoyorquino Julian Schnabel

El filme rodado en Francia y hablado completamente en francés, se basa en la fascinante historia real del editor de la revista ‘Elle’, Jean-Dominique Baubi (Mathieu Amalric), quien sufrió un ataque cerebral a los 43 años de edad. Después que despertara de un coma de tres semanas, los médicos le comentan que él ha sufrido un parálisis total de su cuerpo excepto su ojo izquierdo. Su gran deseo de vivir lo llevó a escribir un libro – nombre de este filme – plasmando en letra su vida y experiencias en el hospital. 

La cinta es una historia deprimente. Afortunadamente Schnabel sabe como mantenerlo a uno con los ánimos en alto usando la mejor técnica de cámara que he visto desde ‘Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain’ (Amelie, 2001) del director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. El ingenioso, y en ciertos momentos hasta cómico guión de Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera), también ayuda el filme a no decaerse en ningún momento. 

La actuación de Mathieu Amalric (Rois et Reine, Munich) fue excepcional al igual que la del resto del reparto. Interpretar a enfermos o paralíticos en celuloide siempre es un gran reto para cualquier actor que las academias cinematográficas usualmente recompensan con premios o nominaciones. 

Pero fuera de la historia real de Baubi, lo más impactante y cautivante del filme es la dirección de Julian Schnabel. Su uso de la cámara en verdad es pasmante. El usa el aparato como si fuese el ojo de Baubi captando excelentemente la lentitud, el desequilibrio y el renacimiento de la nueva vida de nuestro protagonista.

No confunda la cinta con un documental. Aunque es basada en una historia real, Harwood le inyecta momentos fantásticos que uno se pregunta si fueron reales. No obstante, la aflicción y pesadumbre que tuvo que haber pasado Baubi hubiera matado a cualquiera. La historia es más que una apoplejía inesperada a un hombre influyente, se trata de la fortaleza humana, el poder de la imaginación y el deseo universal de vivir. Es una emocionante, desgarradora película que lo hara llorar y apreciar la condición fisica humana.

Alex Florez

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2007/11/12 at 12:00am

Love in the time of Cholera

11.12.2007 | By |

Rated: R
Release Date: 2007-11-16
Starring: Ronald Harwood
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Country: Colombia, USA
Official Website: http://www.loveinthetime.com/

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Love in the time of Cholera
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