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If the romance between Seymour and Minnie could be compared to the sound of violin music, it would be the type that hurts your ears. They have a very rocky romance that is one roller coaster of a ride. It doesn't help that their personas clash a bit. Minnie has a sophisticated presence while Seymour may be headstrong; he isn't as polished as her.
Nearly all the characters are odd, but in a captivating way. You wouldn't think of anyone in the movie as really being crazy, but they certainly are unusual. Part of what gives the movie its magical feeling is the conversations these people have, which border on the philosophical side.
The emotion and drama that is part of this story may put off some viewers. There is a lot of yelling by a lot of the people in this film. What may repulse viewers even more is the violence. Minnie takes and gives some hits in her relationships. It is all part of the story, but may get on your nerves too. Despite this, everything ties together well at the end and finishes in a way that I enjoyed. The final message is one of hope and it makes the crazy ride all worthwhile.
Cassavetes teaches us that love might not appear as we want it to; as "a knight in shining armor" or "Sleeping Beauty". Instead, love transcends fantansy, and may manifest itself as something strange and unfamiliar. It is a REAL emotion, a grounded, earthy emotion, that moves us to do and to act in ways "uncharacteristic" of ourselves; spontaneous and eccentric (Moskowitz), or, when we long for it, love can make us feel small and desperate (Minnie). In addition, Cassavetes uses love as the impetus in proving how complex we can be; the degrees of our humanity in infinite shades: frustration, anger, passion, doubt, etc. Without going into detail about the film I would like to add that I've recently finished "Cassavetes On Cassavetes", a book about the filmmaker and his films, and it brilliantly gives fans a greater understanding of his films; that they are explorations of humanity, and a plethora of reasons why Cassavetes is regarded as a pioneer in the world of independent film. I highly recommend this film, and this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is just a burnt DVD that is not compatible with many DVD players.Published 8 months ago by Hayley N.
The DVD would not work on my DVD player. After reading reviews about this product, it's format is not compatable with DVD players.
Returned for refund.
This DVD is All region, but it is in the PAL format which very few U.S. DVD players will recognize. Huge disappointment. I can only play this DVD on my laptop. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by samuraireview
I have bought this twice with the same result...it won't play in any of my dvd players. For some reason it will play on my computer. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by JM
I lived in Hollywood in 1971 when this movie was released, and was looking for a new apartment. I noticed that the character Minnie was shown as living in a building I recognized... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by C. Plaia
This movie is one of my all time favorites that I can watch repeatedly. The acting is superb and the writing and direction is amazing. I'm glad I purchased this product. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Amy
I love this movie! I wish it would be re-released on DVD because all I have now is the VHS version of it. Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by MirMar