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Indescribable, On a Grand Scale
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written by helsin99 June 8, 2005 - 7:17 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A thousand people could see this movie and those thousand people would interpret it a thousand different ways. Even the basics of the movie are perceived by everyone in a different way, as can be seen by reading the different reviews of Tuvalu on the net. About all you can be certain of is that the movie is a battle between good and evil set in an early twentieth century bathhouse. Beyond that everyone will see things a little differently. If you are looking for a serious, staid foreign film that will leave you feeling sophisticated when the credits roll, this isn't the film for you. If you are looking for a whimsical movie full of scenes that can best be described as "eye candy", a silent film with some of the best sound effects ever, a film that is part Edward Scissorhands, part slapstick comedy, and part Stalinist era propaganda then this is the film for you.

Overly scrumptious
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written by GGoodsell March 19, 2005 - 4:18 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Big, bad developers threaten to demolish a decaying bathhouse on the outskirts of a deserted urban landscape. It's up to our hero to save the day through a series of hilarious pratfalls.

I freely confess that this review that this review is based on only the first thirty minutes of TUVALU -- it was at this point I reached my breaking point with its arch, campy humor. All the actors mug ferociously in close-up, in the manner of silent film comedians against a stylized backdrop of Gothic blight. Shot is sepia and various tinted film stocks, TUVALU looks good but trips all over its own cleverness. The film calls to mind the old repertory chestnut KING OF HEARTS, where audience could see a sappy, sentimental comedy and then say they saw a "foreign film." TUVALU is just too too much much.

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