The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Samantha Ellis of Musing of a Classic Film Addict and it is Romantic Films
“This could include any movie with a romantic pairing as the central focus of the plot, be it a comedy, drama, horror, or what have you.”
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Samantha!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Romantic Films.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A music director in Poland following World War II discovers a young singer and they have a rocky relationship on and off over the years.
My Take on it – This is a film that I was interested in seeing based on all the hype it was getting with the upcoming Oscars.
It unfortunately is just an average love story that fails to take things to a much higher level.
It’s also quite difficult to believe the love between these characters because things are presented in such a way that doesn’t allow for enough development of the characters along the way.
Like Roma (2018), what this film lacks in story it somewhat makes up for with the visuals which are done quiet well.
The cinematography and direction are done brilliantly and it’s understandable how it managed to get Oscar nominations in both categories along with est Foreign Language Film.
The biggest problem here is the believability of the story and in particular, the believability of the romance between these two characters.
The story is a bit too choppy and doesn’t manage to stay in each time period long enough to help forge a strong enough connection with the characters themselves.
Bottom Line – Average love story that works despite the fact that it doesn’t manage to give us a story that feels as if the characters are truly in love with one another. The cinematography is brilliantly set and we get some great shots throughout the film that are really nice to take in. Unfortunately, the biggest problem here is the story which is a bit too choppy and doesn’t manage to stay interesting because it jumps around way too much and doesn’t let the characters develop enough along the way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The turbulent relationship between the main characters was inspired by the director’s real-life parents, who did break up and get together a couple of times as well as moved from one country to another. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. This film has its moments and looks amazing, but the story doesn’t work as well as it should and it’s quite hard to actually believe the love between these character.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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