Chromophobia (15)

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Time Out says

Mon Dec 10 2007

That the film which closed Cannes in 2005 is only now getting a release should be warning enough. After her promising début ‘Onegin’, this represents a steep learning curve for Martha Fiennes, an all-star white elephant which so wants to be a biting portrait of contemporary… something or other. It starts as satire on the filthy rich, with lawyer Damian Lewis promoted beyond his talents, his high-maintenance spouse Kristin Scott-Thomas easing existential anxiety with retail therapy, and her art curator pal Ralph Fiennes facing Hackney boy-teen temptation. The criss-crossing plot contrives to install everyone in their private hells, by which point we’re supposed to care about them, and weep for terminally stricken prostitute Penélope Cruz, whom the camera has thus far regarded with the sort of schmaltzy hauteur usually reserved for animal charity campaigns. Quite how this segues into a grand finale defining bathos to the strains of Beethoven almost beggars description, but failed seriousness to this degree of screaming awfulness is choice indeed – unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Dec 14, 2007

Duration:

140 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Martha Fiennes

Editor:

Tracy Granger

Cinematography:

George Tiffin

Music:

Magnus Fiennes

Cast:

Penélope Cruz, Rhys Ifans, Ben Chaplin, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Damian Lewis

Screenwriter:

Martha Fiennes

Production Designer:

Tony Burrough

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gnic

Having just watched this movie we found it to be a deep and moving film. For those who did not like it I would imagine that they just didn't get it. The acting (mostly) was excellent. It takes you down a road with all the twists and turns of the unexpected and actually comes to a conclusion. Shame on those who failed to see the point. This shoudl become a cult movie in time.

gnic

Having just watched this movie we found it to be a deep and moving film. For those who did not like it I would imagine that they just didn't get it. The acting (mostly) was excellent. It takes you down a road with all the twists and turns of the unexpected and actually comes to a conclusion. Shame on those who failed to see the point. This shoudl become a cult movie in time.

oswald zarvox

Contrived twaddle. This film loved itself far too much to care about the viewer. Clunky plot. Cllunky music usage. Utter clunk.

Carla

I think the film is simply beautiful, touching, innovative. What i can't understand is why some of the critics has to use a language so complicated as to perhaps show they do understand what they talking about. I would urge them all to write a script, put together the whole thing and make a film telling a good story. They are so quick to critisize and so slow in actually feel the story told on the screen. To understand art one doesnt need to understand the glossary, one needs most of all to understand emotion. The film is well made and the story is brilliant!

Carla

I think the film is simply beautiful, touching, innovative. What i can't understand is why some of the critics has to use a language so complicated as to perhaps show they do understand what they talking about. I would urge them all to write a script, put together the whole thing and make a film telling a good story. They are so quick to critisize and so slow in actually feel the story told on the screen. To understand art one doesnt need to understand the glossary, one needs most of all to understand emotion. The film is well made and the story is brilliant!

Martin Orford

I usually rate Time Out quite highly, but I'm starting to find the film reviews pretty off key, this one especially. I don't really understand why the reviewer seems to hate this film so much, and I didn't get any sense of the film from this review. I went and saw it on the weekend dispite reading this and I thought it was a great film. So many British films seem to be either bland comedies or period dramas but this film manages to stay outside the box. The acting was superb - I don't think I've seen the main cast in better roles, especially Kristin Scott Thomas. I don't think the review here does justice to the Ralph Fiennes part either, which is a really sensitive depiction of a gay man that doesn't resort to obvious cliches. The film also made London look fantastic - it was so stylishly done. I'm glad I ignored this review, just goes to show you can't believe everything you read in the papers!

film guru

Totally disagree. This is a wonderful film. I totally cared about the characters. Unusually the director did not contrive to make us judge - or lead us into false love hate relationships about them. You will laugh and cry. Beautifully photographed - brilliantly written- music outstanding, clever and very much part of this superb film. I think that reviewer is entirely missing the point but would imagine he is a gentleman of a certain age. Its different, innovative and a film for the intelligent, emotionally in touch or at least for those who can empathise. Some truly brilliant performances and yes it was the ONLY Brit film invited to Cannes in 2005. Also the best Brit films released in 2007 in the UK too. Go see if you like to be provoked into deep thought while enjoying a stunning film! A must see.

film guru

Totally disagree. This is a wonderful film. I totally cared about the characters. Unusually the director did not contrive to make us judge - or lead us into false love hate relationships about them. You will laugh and cry. Beautifully photographed - brilliantly written- music outstanding, clever and very much part of this superb film. I think that reviewer is entirely missing the point but would imagine he is a gentleman of a certain age. Its different, innovative and a film for the intelligent, emotionally in touch or at least for those who can empathise. Some truly brilliant performances and yes it was the ONLY Brit film invited to Cannes in 2005. Also the best Brit films released in 2007 in the UK too. Go see if you like to be provoked into deep thought while enjoying a stunning film! A must see.