Of all the movies I've seen this year, this one was by far the most
satisfying and unpredictable. It certainly pulled me in emotionally and
kept me glued to my seat.
Reminded me of a Greek tragedy. The plot seemed familiar but I can't
relate it to anything specific. I wonder if anyone else can relate it
to a classic tale.
The acting was just wonderful. I did think that in the beginning the
attraction and coming on was a bit too obvious.
I wonder if the film and house were in Malibu. Does anyone know?
By the way, I'm not gay but was one of only four females in the
audience. I think the movie should have a wider appeal..
gaurav.49ahuja watch American Wedding movie
1) Wanna to see/understand the message the director want to convey. 2) l like peter movies .
clodyie watch Retrograde movie
silver linings playbook .
Terrific movie -- greatly improved since the preview and festival versions!
Please don't let comments from confused viewers stop you from seeing
this amazing film! It's been fixed! :)
Spoilers follow...but nothing that will ruin your enjoyment of the
film, I promise. :)
Like a number of the people who have offered comments here, I saw a
very early "preview" version of this film, and was left scratching my
head a little bit. I enjoyed it, but was a wee bit confused about how
exactly Elaine knew so many of Robert's secrets -- enabling her to
convince him she was the ghost of Robert's dead lover. But tonight in
New York City I attended the film's official premier (complete with
spotlights and movie stars... very exciting!) -- and some small but
very important changes have clarified the plot.
Craig Lucas' film directing debut is a revelation. He has created a
very grown-up, intriguing, complex, fascinating story and coaxed
spectacular performances out of some of the best actors on the scene
today. (Lucas has directed stage productions before -- and done an
artful, deeply moving job -- so he's not a totally-brand-new director.)
He has done spectacular work on stage over the years, and now he is
beginning to apply his genius to film work. I believe we're going to
see much more amazing work from him. (He has written some terrific
movies in the past -- such as Secret Lives of Dentists -- but he is
relatively new to directing.)
The three lead actors here are amazing. Each of them can communicate
more without speaking than a lot of actors can achieve with hours of
dialog. I've loved Campbell Scott ever since "Longtime Companion," and
his mature performance here fulfills the promise he showed in that film
(also written by Lucas) over a decade ago. Peter Sarrsgaard veers from
sweet to evil, from happy-go-lucky to seductive, with great ease,
creating a likable character who does some very unlikable things --
like many real, flawed human beings. And Patricia Clarkson is entirely
believable throughout the movie. That may seem like a simple thing, but
not many actors can consistently carry it off. I believed what she was
saying and doing at every moment. Without her steady performance, the
movie could have really stumbled -- especially at a point where the
viewer has to buy into a slightly implausible situation. She pulls it
off. Robin Bartlett has a small role as a wise-cracking, cynical nanny,
and is quite amusing in it -- much like her short but funny turn in
another of my favorites, "Postcards From the Edge."
"The Dying Gaul" isn't the type of movie that does well in wide
release, for a number of reasons. It's perhaps too much of an "art
film" to be widely viewed by casual movie fans.
(And that title, while totally appropriate once you see the film, is a
little too "high-brow" to do the movie any good. At least the
filmmakers have the self-deprecating sense to make a couple of jokes
about that, during the film -- Jeffry says no one will see a movie with
that title.... But unfortunately, he's right.)
So, unless you live in a major city (or unless it gets the Oscar
attention it richly deserves) you may not see it in a theater. But
thankfully we live in an age when great movies can find an audience on
home video -- and I predict that's what will happen here..