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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.
Excellent photography, and excellent music. Of course, Michael Nyman making beautiful music as always. The performances are excellent, Anna Paquin is annoying as hell, a deserved oscar... And the story is great, the climax is dark, and so the ending. Beautiful movie, highly recommended.
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This movie ranks #1 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #34 in Spike Lee's Essential List of Films for Filmmakers
This movie ranks #47 in IMDb's Music Top 50
This movie ranks #65 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #68 in Scott Hocking's 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
This movie ranks #162 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #219 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #226 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #391 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #443 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #662 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #691 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 #937 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?