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The film opens with incredible promise. A beautiful woman is standing at a window looking outside; a large group of people are rummaging through belongings on the street, a huge pile of things. People put things in their pockets. The film cuts back to the woman at the window to reveal that she is standing in an empty apartment and she takes off her wedding band. I was absolutely 100% completely hooked at that moment. The film continued to do wonderful things - the first chapter is titled "Loneliness". The film moves along deliberately while the woman walks with a backpack in incredibly beautiful areas. Turns out this is Ireland, and the film hooked me more. The director could have spent too much time developing loneliness, instead she moved along quickly to the next chapter.
But then something happened about midway, all of a sudden what was going to happen became very predictable. I kept looking at how much time was left in the film. I could predict easily what would happen next. From the moment the woman takes her clothes off and rolls around in a beautiful bed with cloudlike white sheets, I knew exactly what was going to happen next.
And yet at the end of the film, I was left with this sad empty feeling. None of the mystery was ever solved, or even hinted at. I was disappointed beyond imagination by the last 15 minutes of this film. I didn't expect full resolution, but I expected to at least understand a little more about the characters. That never happened.Read more ›
Yes, the ending, the last "whatever minutes," where the challenge of loss begins for anyone in particular, will vary wildly, implicit in my further comments.
Loss is a fundamental experience which humans evolved with some abilities to learn from, especially within (rather than simply internalizing conventionally recognized and accepted behaviors--norms), and to begin to understand and manage. However, loss can be virtually ubiquitous on some levels, but, like all deeper human experiences, is potentially an endless and bottomless, infinite experience, requiring discipline and commitment in order to effectively support one's well-being and potential further development, rebirth and growth. It is the ultimate suggestion or requirement of the need for acceptance of powerlessness, and yet also of determination to continue embarking on development and the deeper journey, the most human needs for connection, and of the particular kinds relevant to the individual's place in development, and future needs .
A most powerful and demanding experience of loss, which the film begins with, and continues to maintain with the protagonist's behavior, concludes (what the ending was about) with our woman, having risked again, preparing in a new and more directed way (for her, apparently learning) for the "future"....a bit vague, but I don't want to spoil the potential of creative interpretations.
This film addresses many of the most relevant and necessary experiences for personal, relational development, but only when the ubiquitous and potentially growth endowing experiences can be recognized for the value which they offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
saw it on cable but fell asleep near the end.
will someone please tell us how it ended!
this could be the 5 star movie the first part deserved
or it could be a... Read more
This film is a fine, believable story. The actors are terrific. It is touching, moving, funny, and has amziong subtle moments of love and challenge. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by jzactor
that shows no matter how disconnected people can get from the human race, there is always a way back. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by mr. contrarian
It should be a cult classic. An engrossing mix of psychological & obliquely romantic drama played out in the backstop of Irish barren beauty.Published on January 28, 2013 by Kbk
This is one movie I will not loan out. I will find out who else likes this and it will become a gift.Published on January 10, 2013 by Laranger
The writer, director and the protagonist are all women and I bought the movie in an attempt to understand the motivations here. Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of woman?Published on December 4, 2012 by shimodako