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09 September 2008 @ 04:55 pm
So I've been to the Cinema...  
Last weekend I went to see Grace is Gone,  one of my more successful attempts at catching a a quiet little movie while it is still being played on the silver screen. I guess, one cannot even blame theatre managers for pulling non-major, non-blockbuster productions so very quickly, because the audience acceptance turns out so disappointing. If cavendish had not decided to accompany me, the altogether number of viewers on that Sunday evening would have been three, as there was another couple sitting close to the front row while we had chosen to take seats at the back.

There was a detailed, rather favourable review of Grace in German at Spiegel Online. The film has won/is nominated for several prizes. Music by Clint Eastwood, Sundance Festival audience liked it. An American critic over at Rottentomatoes.com called it: A late entry in last year's parade of war movies that nobody saw, James C. Strouse's "Grace Is Gone" is a beautifully acted and terribly sad film that never makes a case for its own existence.

Despite the mixed judgment (terribly sad, too subdued and slowly paced, too inevitable and painful the ending), her review provides a rather adequate idea of the film itself, and the performances of the actors involved. John Cusack, far from the "cute guy with darker streaks" roles he has played in the past, struck me as particularly impressive in all the helplessness and confusion that he conveys, turning his character into one of those flawed, disturbingly average  people that one wants to alternatively slap and hug at the same time.
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hianja on September 10th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds Good. I'll have to look out for that one.
Bimo: Terra_incognitabimo on September 10th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's definitely worth seeing.

(That's why I was so frustrated to see it shifted to the 23:00 p.m. graveyard slot after just one week of showing. In another week it will probably have disappeared from German cinemas completely.)
hianja on September 10th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, doesn't seem to be on atm, but there's a little program theater downtown that might get it at some point or other.