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Usually, I complain because films like this are not realistic. However, I felt just the opposite about this film. It is almost too realistic, cruel and depressing. And there is no bit of lightness to offset the somber mood. I also felt some real emotion. To me this was serious stuff.
Performances were uniformly excellent, especially that of Maximillian Schell. He came across a real person with upsets and conflicts and bad choices. Tim Roth, who is actually a British actor, managed to get the New York street accent just right. The rest of the cast seemed completely authentic. I especially liked the family's large run-down apartment and the scenes shot near the beach during the winter. And the murders made me shudder because they were so very real.
The drama held my attention and let me feel the dilemma of this troubled family. It ends sadly, as I expected it would. And it is completely depressing. However, I liked it and therefore recommend it.
Well, this release is full-frame only, an effect that RUINS this beautiful, haunting, lyrical film. Just KILLS it! Better to not see it at all than to see it like this. (believe me, I have.) Plus Artisan didn't include any of the extra features from the previous edition. Hunt down the old one used somewhere!
Life and death business brings Roth's character back to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood;it resembles the Russian Odessa, as both lie on the sea. It's bleak in winter, and he knows he should not return. But return he does, yearning to restore relations with his family, over his father's objections. It soon proves to have not been a good idea.
Those of us who lived in Brooklyn as the Russians came crowding in in the hundreds of thousands never quite knew what to make of them, nor, I suppose, do we yet. But this is surely the Brooklyn we know, with its massive, solid, prewar buildings -- huge boilers in the basements -- in which entire families have been born, lived, and died.Read more ›
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Strong performances by all. Tim Roth does again with a great Brooklyn accent.Published 3 months ago by eileen rivkin
Interesting movie -- Jewish Russian mob family based out of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, NY. It's probably based on something true to life.Published 5 months ago by Neil OCONNOR
This is about a Russian immigrant's son gone wrong, a father who is a bit of a low life, a mother dying of a brain tumor, a younger brother in awe of the brother gone wrong. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lee
Excellent first movie from this director. How did he get this super star cast?Published 8 months ago by Dr. Marc Fink
Brand new and opened I played for the first time, I had problem with my dvd. My equipment is way above the standard. I believe the DVD has a pressing problemPublished 9 months ago by Film Lovers