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Obselidia
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on April 7, 2015
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on February 20, 2015
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2014
Very unusual but I enjoyed it immensely. I love Gaynor Howe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2014
Just got my DVD today at Mumbai, India by mail and saw the movie. Loved the movie. Highly recommended. Kudos to team. Thank you for making this original film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
Not your average 'love' story. I didn't know what to expect but wasn't disappointed. Too bad it wasn't a big box office hit. It should have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2013
enjoy this movie, its very wise thinking. recommended . May help anyone who have some difficulty during the growing of life....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I completely agree with previous reviewer delvpool-- not only is this delicately wonderful film as far from Hollywood product as you can imagine, but it also won't appeal to many viewers because it doesn't offer a formulaic, neat & tidy payoff. In many ways, it's more poetry than prose, depending as much on overall mood & shimmering imagery as on its intelligent dialogue & nuanced performances. First-time writer/director Diane Bell has created a luminous & haunting work of art ... but it's not a dead, sterile object of unmoving beauty, it's a living, breathing film that plays like an especially vivid & mesmerizing dream, one that lingers long after waking.

Some reviewers have complained that it meanders, that it never goes anywhere. With all due respect, those supposed flaws are precisely its virtues. In this simple story of two very different human beings, both sensitive & wondering how they should live, we're invited to pause, reflect, and think about our own lives. Yet in addition to exploring the little details of life -- watch George's rapturous delight as he releases ladybugs into his yard, observing them on his hand, for example -- it also delves into some very big questions indeed. The drastic future predicted by climate change & humanity's terrible stewardship of the earth have an important place here, not so much as accusation as a spur to the most existential questions: How are we to live? What is truly meaningful? How much of our lives do we waste on socially imposed trivia & garbage? Why can't we slow down & cherish the countless vanishing joys that can & should enrich our lives?

The plot, such as it is, might seem familiar: shy, likeable young man opens up a bit thanks to free-spirited young woman. But it's more than that easy film cliché, because George isn't entirely wrong about many of his core beliefs, and Sophie is clearly using her upbeat attitude as a shield against uncertainty to some extent. If she changes George, he does the same for her. And it's a real pleasure to watch their friendship develop in such a charming, old-fashioned way, via earnest discussions of ideas & art & philosophy.

If I'm going on a bit, it's because this small film has really resonated with me. It's like a one-of-a-kind artist's book, lovingly crafted down to the tiniest piece, a collection of jeweled miniatures ... but those jewels are alive, flickering with dew & sunlight. The cinematography & score both enhance the film immeasurably; in fact, everything fits together beautifully, but never so tightly that it becomes rigid & mechanical. It's the sort of film you watch as you might watch a bird, alighting for a moment on a branch, then darting away on bright wings. Most highly recommended!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
and lifeless is the best word to describe this film. Encyclopedia of obsolete things...interesting premise...if only there was an intriguing narrative. Brilliant scientist that has prophetic vision...if only there was life and character in the script. Boring actors...if they only had a clue. If only there was one word other word to describe the sum of it all...there is, banal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
Loved everything about this movie....different, in a good way and I would definitely recommend it! I so wanted a different ending though.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
A movie like this didn't need to move fast or have action. But it still moved far too slow. Some good ideas, and the main characters are very likeable until they aren't. The background tune for the first half of the movie is mind numbingly insipid. Looks very nice despite the low budget. But the interesting ideas, and viewpoints of a couple quirky people start off and then don't get anywhere. Too much promised, not enough delivered.

I was glad I watched it, it was different than mainstream movie fare these days. But I just can't give it more than a couple stars. In the end it was quite shallow and incomplete. Then to make it worse, the ending was quite disingenuous. Almost enough to make me take away another star. But I will leave it at two.
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