Surprising Film. More than I expected.
Definitely on my list of "must-see-once" films. Its a low-budget film,
but makes up for it with acting, directing, story and in the musical
score. Overall, its a beautiful composition and keeps one riveted,
although lacking in frills. I disagree with some of the discussion that
its an impossible situation, as I have seen a lot in life and to me its
a composition of many different elements, even if rare or unnoticed. So
much in life we never hear about. There are many outright miracles,
even in our modern life and you will see them if you are fortunate
enough. This film really shows the contrasting belief systems between
those who simply can't believe in such things and those who perhaps,
see miracles everywhere..
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Henry Poole Wasn't Here Nor There.
One can easily tell from the poster that Henry Poole is Here is not
your typical watch it and forget when you step out of the theater
movie. Luke Wilson is the main reason the film draws the attention. If
not, one could easily give this independent production a miss.
Directed by Mark Pellington of The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole is
Here keeps the story much more simpler, yet at the same time, discuss
the complex inner conflicts between a man who believes he is dying
soon, and how the faith of the Catholics around him makes him believed
that there are miracles.
Henry Poole (Wilson) bought a house in Los Angeles to spend his last
days in solitary, as he was told by the doctor he is dying of some rare
disease (which keeps the audience guessing, as it was not mentioned in
the film.) Believed that he is dying soon, he drowned himself in
alcohol and junk food, which draws the curiosity of Patience (Rachel
Seiferth), a cashier in their neighborhood hypermarket. When a stain on
the wall appears in Henry's house, it draws the attention of his
Catholic enthusiasm neighbor, Espenraza (Academy Award nominee Adriana
Barazza of Babel). Espenraza strongly believes that the stain is a sign
of Jesus and it brings miracle to the people around them, including
Poole. Poole thinks otherwise, strongly believes that it is just a
Millie, the autistic daughter of Poole's neighbor, Dawn (Radha
Mitchell), enters the life of Poole by taping down Poole's conversation
with the people around him using a tape recorder. When Dawn strongly
believes that it was the wall that makes Millie start to talk again, it
changes the view and perception of life for Poole.
One do not need to think too hard to understand Henry Poole is Here.
Dialogue are pretty straight and direct, where you can easily tell it
is a conflict between a man who do not believed in the existence of
miracle, and a group of people around him who believes that miracle on
the other people brings hope to the people around them. At the duration
of 99 minutes, this is easy to digest for everyone.
What has happened to Henry Poole and the people around him is a mirror
reflection of our daily lives. It was well portrayed on the conflicts
between an atheist and one who strongly believes in God. What was
lacking in the movie was what makes Henry Poole do not believed in the
water stains is more than something else. No explanation was given,
which we could only see some old family photographs appears in Henry's
Being the leading character, Luke Wilson wasn't give much chance to
explore on the depressed, inner bound personality to the movie. More
rather, supporting characters played by Mitchell and Barazza was given
more room to explore their world and their faith. The attention of the
leading character has shifted to the supporting cast. So it doesn't
makes sense to title the movie Henry Poole Is Here.
Despite it's flaw, it is still worth giving a try, especially if you
are tired of the popcorn trash playing in the cinemas..