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Chromophobia [DVD] (2005)
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Ensemble drama starring Damian Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Penelope Cruz and Kristin Scott Thomas. Marcus Aylesbury (Lewis) has his fair share of dilemmas and secrets in his family. His wife (Scott Thomas) can't tell the difference between a shrink and a shop, his eight-year-old son Orlando (Clem Tibber) spray paints his rabbit's name on the walls to get attention, while Orlando's godfather Stephen (Fiennes) lies half beaten to death in hospital. To make things worse Marcus' boss is drawing him into a scam which could cost him his career, his father (Ian Holm) has an illegitimate love child with his former mistress Gloria (Cruz), and his stepmother Penelope's (Harriet Walter) bond with her dogs is his best role model of a loving relationship.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.59 x 7.48 inches; 3.03 Ounces
- Director : Martha Fiennes
- Media Format : Digital Sound, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 16 minutes
- Release date : April 7, 2008
- Actors : Ben Chaplin, Penélope Cruz, Ralph Fiennes, Ian Holm, Rhys Ifans
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Charlie Savill, Jo Cuppage, Leontine Ruette, Marc Samuelson, Marina Fuentes Arredonda
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : Momentum Pictures
- ASIN : B0013U4RS2
- Writers : George Tiffin, Martha Fiennes
- Number of discs : 1
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By the way, before watching Chromophobia, I sat through Bergman's To Joy, which also made use of Beethoven's Ninth but to rather more purposeful effect. Despite plenty of misery, it was also more intimate and more uplifting.
The title somehow refers to a work of contemporary art purchased by KST's character, which changes according to environmental stimuli. Or something. Hardly proves relevant or meaningful. You have several characters, most of them quite rich, but one, played by Penelope Cruz, a downtrodden single mum sex worker. They all have various life/career threatening circumstances and bad decisions are made. Mistakes always offer the promise of a new and better start, so the situation isn't hopeless, but it's hard to care much about anyone in this film, with the exception of Fiennes' and Ifans' sensitive characters.
It does look well made, opulent, glossy, not at all grainy or dirty or working-classy, so that makes a change for a Brit flick. One might derive a certain comfort from the fact that ambitious, avaricious, pretentious Londoners are even more screwed up than the rest of us, for all their surface polish.
In short, worth seeing once but insufficiently clever or profound to warrant a second viewing.
Also there are very pertinent questions about the Media and Government members' finances - and I disagree with the viewer who commented here that the two main stories don't seem to overlap at all - it is about juxtaposition and contrast as much as about connection - with the theme of motherhood uniting both.
The soundtrack too is excellent - especially potent the track about being a Hero for Only One Day, and the ironies involved there - tugs between friendship and career/lifestyle.
I liked the way it explored modern life, our assumptions and values. It challenges some and reinforces others. Scott Thomas is at her most brittle in places. Fiennes at his most vulnerable. It is not a romantic or thrill- filled film but a thought provoking one.