The Loneliest Planet
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I hated the story. Basically it's about 2 hipsters that are about to get married in 2 months who go to Georgia (country, not US state) for some awesome hiking with a guide. As it happens, things get real for them: a random passerby shoves a giant gun in their face for one reason or another. As you might expect: this happy-go-lucky pair freaked and were quite upset for the rest of the movie. Gone was their childish naiveté of how everything is wonderful and happy in the world: people have guns in poor countries and they use them. After the incident: there was no coddling by their guide either, this made things a lot more upsetting for them. The guide was a sly fellow and caused some trouble of his own for this pair of bozos.
The only way I can relate to the storyline is from the NYT article a couple of years ago about a bunch of, similarly naive, 20-somethings moving into Bushwick, Brooklyn and then get robbed at gunpoint inside their apartment as they were just moving in. They were very surprised that this has happened to them. Yes, people have guns in poorer neighborhoods and they use them.
I would definitely watch this movie for the beautiful scenic vistas of Georgia. However if you are easily irritated by stupid, hapless urbanites - do not bother.
This couple has the relationship we all want and envy. Intimate, close, perfectly paired. I kept thinking who would they find to fit so well. They would never find what they have with each other: Inside jokes, mutual relaxed fun, extreme intimacy and knowledge of each other's habits and wants, anticipating each others needs, never bored, always close and always taking care of the other without question. Giving and receiving to each other without question. Until...
I think the message of this movie is that you never really know someone. Or, the person and yourself isn't exactly what you thought. And when you see a chink...in the person or in yourself, what do you do about it? What does it mean for the relationship. Is he/she who you thought? Are you? Was everything else a lie because of the chink. Is the chink really a chasm?
This movie made me feel and think. I felt for each character separately. It created the ability for us to have empathy for each person, and feel agony, shame, and loneliness. As a bonus, the setting was gorgeous, and we got a key hole into the Georgian culture and unrest.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg play an engaged couple planning a trek through the desolate mountains of Georgia (the country, not the state). Truthfully, the camera is a voyeur that just sort of eavesdrops of the duo as they go about their daily adventures. They seem carefree enough, living for the moment. They share little flirtations, small jokes, and not much conversation. They simply exist, taking small pleasures where they can. You don't get much personal information about them, you just get this surface view of who they are. They take on a guide (Bidzini Gujabidze) for their rather lengthy journey cross country. As you might start to wonder if "The Loneliest Planet" is really heading anywhere, one moment will change everything. One instinctual move will cause the couple to reflect on everything they once thought was solid.Read more ›
But most of all, in the most important scene of the movie, we never learn why the young boy was agitated, why the old man put a gun to the head of Alex, why it took so long for the guide to intervene, if he even did. Most important, why the guide was asked about it afterwards, briefly, but never replied.
That crucial scene, the one that gives the second half of the movie its reason for existence, is inexplicably unexplained.
I thought Alex acted normally during the scene. When the rifle first came out, he instinctively put Nica in front of him. Not the height of chivalry, of course, but self preservation instincts taking over, I guess. Then he quickly realized what he had to do, to shield Nica, and he stepped in front of her. He then didn't bawl, cringe or bargain. He stood, awaiting his fate, maybe hoping the rifle had only one bullet in it, for him only.
If Nica was disappointed in her to-be husband, and she was, she conveyed it through silence and separation. (Quite a useful communication skill there. One, fortunately, my wife never learned. Partly why we're married 44 years.) Alex tried to bring her back, but she made it much too hard for him.
Instead of Alex and Nica talking it out, the dialogue we do get are dumb jokes about birth control in China.
I thought this movie had the chance to be quite good. "All" it needed was a plot, editing (especially editing), and dialogue.Read more ›
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Ridiculously boring and pretentious. The one star is for the inventive opening scene and the Georgian nature shots.Published 1 month ago by 5 STRIDES
this is probably the most boring, pretentious movie I have ever watched. Every scene is dragged out for an unreasonable amount of time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even though this film can feel slow, it's done with a purpose. The tension builds up very nicely so that when the film reaches it's climax, it comes as a surprise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jj
This really could've been an absolutely amazing film. Brilliantly filmed in the country of Georgia in some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lacrimatorium
A visually beautiful nuanced movie, a bit of a slow moving story line. Wish Hani Furstenberg was in more movies, she has a lot of untapped talent if appears from the few bright... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RV
My BF and I got in a huge fight over this movie... I picked it at random from a list of 'Best films to see on Netflix' list and it ended up being the worst movie I could have... Read morePublished 12 months ago by CARMEN
A pure waste of time. You will regret watching it, unless you enjoy watching for two hours how three people walk mostly in silence. The scenery is good though.Published 13 months ago by Mountain Girl