Finding Beauty, by Daniel Bergamini

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5 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    Nice review and completely agree! I loved this film. LOVED! I want Jarvis to make another film. It saddens me that there are no upcoming films on her IMDB page.

  2. Jillian S says:

    Great review. I do not fancy myself a critic, but I like discussing/dissecting films with friends and I have had the same struggle that you mention. Some film experiences just create so much joy that you are left with an overall positive experience making it tough to start picking it apart. In my case, once I start picking some things apart, I can talk myself out of liking the whole thing. It was actually not until I started listening to film podcasts in the past 2 years that I learned how to love a film and examine its faults without losing my enjoyment of it.

    As for Fish Tank, I watched it on Netflix Instant last night after falling in love with Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre last weekend. I loved it so much I watched it again this morning and had a different take on certain situations the second time around. I had no idea what it was even about and it was one of the most pleasant surprises I have had in a while. Jarvis was incredible and Fassbender proved on par with Peter Sarsgaard at playing men that walk the line between sexy and creepy, desirable and loathsome. I was pleasantly surprised that a film that could have been completely character driven had such interesting visual choices. The lighting in many scenes really set a tone and the way the camera followed Mia or showed her P.O.V. made it incredibly intimate.

    • Your comment about walking the line between creepy and sexy, desirable and loathsome I think is key for the film. I actually didn’t get into that in my review, but I realize I should have.

      Without getting into too many details, Fassbender walked such a fine line with this film. He was like a father for so much of the film that when he begins to seem creepy, it has all the more impact. His performance is fantastic and, along with Jarvis’, push the film from good to great.

  3. Greg P says:

    Very nice review. I’m glad you commented on the visual style of the film; I thought the cinematography was so stark and beautiful. It was nice to see that a filmmaker can tell the story with the pictures as well as the words and actors.

    I highly recommend her first film, Red Road, for anyone who has not seen it and enjoyed this film.

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