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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - - best director
Topic by: AstroAppa
Posted: January 17, 2008 - 1:13 AM PST
Last Reply: January 22, 2008 - 3:35 PM PST

author topic: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - - best director
AstroAppa
post #1  on January 17, 2008 - 1:13 AM PST  
So has anyone seen this movie or heard anything good about it? It's not playing anywhere near me and I was just curious. It won best foreign language film at the golden globes, and best director with Julian Schnabel. I guess anything that beats out the Coen bros. can't be bad. Thoughts?
Cinenaut
post #2  on January 17, 2008 - 8:22 AM PST  
It's supposed to be really good, with an amazing take on portraying the subjective point of view of the protagonist.... but it's not playing anywhere around here, either.
underdog
post #3  on January 17, 2008 - 2:38 PM PST  
> On January 17, 2008 - 8:22 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's supposed to be really good, with an amazing take on portraying the subjective point of view of the protagonist.... but it's not playing anywhere around here, either.
> ---------------------------------

Heard great things, am sorry that I still haven't seen it.

There's more on it here and here, if you're interested.

At first blush, it sounded similar to the Javier Bardem film The Sea Inside, but as Cinenaut noted the POV is a bit different here. Wonder how much Oscar consideration it will get.
kaream
post #4  on January 17, 2008 - 11:42 PM PST  
How can this not be playing in the Bay area? You need to go have a chat with a favorite arthouse exhibitor or two.
underdog
post #5  on January 18, 2008 - 9:01 AM PST  
> On January 17, 2008 - 11:42 PM PST kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How can this not be playing in the Bay area? You need to go have a chat with a favorite arthouse exhibitor or two.
> ---------------------------------

It's playing all over the bay area, including here in SF at the Kabuki and Embarcadero. It's not yet playing in Davis, or parts east, apparently, though.


AstroAppa
post #6  on January 19, 2008 - 12:10 AM PST  
watching it this weekend at the Landmark in L.A!! I love that theatre!

I'll post with reactions when I can.
AstroAppa
post #7  on January 22, 2008 - 3:35 PM PST  
I really liked it...though truthfully I thought the direction got a little bit distracting. The second half of the movie wasn't so bad, in fact it was quite brilliant, but the first half of the movie put me off a little. I get that the director was trying to connect the audience to main character from the start of the film, but one can only take so much POV shots; especially when it is really blurry and sporadic.

Overall though it was a beautifully shot movie with an amazing story. The acting was really well done, especially by all the lovely ladies introduced throughout the film. It definitely is the type of movie that makes you appreciate what you have, not matter how bad things may seem. Though I don't believe it deserved best directory over the Coen's, it is still a great film that I highly recommend.

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