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Weird, creepy, pretentious, borderline nonsensical, kinda racist, and every character is an absolute dick to every other character. I don't get how anyone could consider this movie "romantic." It's about a macho alpha male who thinks he's entitled to a woman's body, a cuckold moron who turns psycho in the last act so we feel better about him ending up with nothing, and a woman who falls in love in with a rapist and then decides to kill herself, ignoring how this would affect her daughter. All of the characters except the daughter suck as human beings. Yes, the movie has excellent music and cinematography, but that's not enough when the characters are downright offensive.
A movie absurdly beautiful in every sense, whether in photography that is impeccable, especially for the year that was produced. In fact, the soundtrack that is literally the soul of the film in the form of musical notes... Lovely.
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This movie ranks #34 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
This movie ranks #65 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #68 in 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
This movie ranks #200 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #219 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #226 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #391 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #443 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #667 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #695 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #856 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #933 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films