As two families celebrate the engagement of their children, one of the lovers unearths a family secret.
- Stars:Tomoko Kawakami, Aya Hisakawa, Hikaru Midorikawa, Chinami Nishimura, Kikuko Inoue, Nobutoshi Kanna, Shin'ichirô Miki, Yumi Tôma, Hiromi Konno, Yûko Nagashima, Keiko Han, Michio Nakao, Aki Sasaki, Kanako Tateno, Kôji Ishizaka, Nanako Matsushima, Kikunosuke Onoe, Sumiko Fuji, Keiko Matsuzaka, Hisako Manda, Shingo Katsurayama, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Toshiya Nagasawa, Saburô Ishikura, Isao Bitô, Adela Secall, Nelson Brodt, Tiago Correa, Marcela Osorio, Rosa Ramírez, Tatiana Astengo, Patricio Contreras, Sergio Hernández, Maricarmen Arrigorriaga, Katty Kowaleczko, Carmen Disa Gutiérrez, Alex Zisis, Fernando Larraín, Alfonso Santistevan, Heidrun Breier,
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Chye L (br) wrote: An aspiring writer from a rough neighbourhood pens his emotion for his first love that got him a prestigious scholarship. Has a sad ending that makes it less predictable and more original.
Trevor C (br) wrote: Dope Movie which introduced me to the Awesomeness of Michael Jai White. Very Entertaining fight scenes
Janna P (ca) wrote: the casting was koo/aight-but the acting was kinda off-and the storyline was "y did they make it?"it was really shitty 2 me
cheryl a (ca) wrote: Good grief. I wonder if anyone, other than myself, has any knowledge of this film. It's a really well-written, well-acted film. Of course, how could Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman be bad.
Blake P (gb) wrote: "Magnificent Obsession" is exaggerated, nearly ludicrous soap, but it knows it. It cackles when Jane Wyman's smooth complexion is interrupted by the urge to break into a violently dramatic monologue. It quakes at the nearest sight of pastel interiors. It even seems to be aware that "Magnificent Obsession" is a title that instantly evokes a feeling of excessive melodrama. For a casual viewer, it may be too overwrought for its own good; but to only watch it for its woeful theatrics would be a mistake. In the 1950s, the name "Douglas Sirk" certainly did not mean much to critics or audiences. He was a director of flamboyant tearjerkers, easy to chow down on yet ultimately difficult to value. But now that Bette Davis is a bad bitch again, vintage Coca-Cola ads are viewed as art fixtures, and film noir has turned into a singular, sexy alternate to old Hollywood, you can say that time has been kind to Douglas Sirk. What was overtly flashy back then is intellectually artificial now; dramatic performances come second to the aggressively Technicolor style. When viewing a Sirk directed film, there is a feeling of parodical intuition from behind the camera. Unlike many filmmakers of the time, Sirk knew that he was building an elaborate women's picture, doing everything possible to accentuate the slightly unbelievable tone of the tragedies traded off between characters. Take one look at the hospital in which much of the film takes place - artificially painted flowers greet incoming customers, big, blocky signs indicate who's the concierge and who's the cashier, halls resemble leftover corridors from a highly budgeted romantic drama - and you can only soak in the rich, comical illustrations that illuminate the adversarial people who drench themselves in drama. The film opens with millionaire Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) zooming around on a speedboat, a blonde by his side. Surrounded by scenic waters, he is everything a dangerous romantic lead should be: fearless, fun, and arresting. His charms come to an abrupt halt, however, when he crashes, nearly getting himself killed in the process. Though resuscitated by nearby onlookers, he is guilt-ridden when he finds out that his elaborate rescue inadvertently caused the death of the local Dr. Phillips, who suffered a heart attack but was not able to be revived in time. His wife, Helen (Wyman) is devastated, unwilling to accept donations from the town's population to keep his practice up-and-running. Bob wants to make right, but Helen is much too angry; things only take a turn for the worse when Helen accidentally steps in the path of an oncoming car when avoiding Bob's advances. The accident leaves her blind. And as if things couldn't get more contrived, not only do Helen and Bob eventually fall in love (he uses the guise of a student to cover his true identity), but he decides that the only way to truly make up for his past mistakes is to become a doctor and continue Dr. Phillips' work. "Magnificent Obsession"'s slowly but surely becomes an overdone mess in terms of story, but Sirk's ornate eye for visual detail makes up for the silliness of everything else. The plot serves as a metaphor for overcoming literal and metaphorical blindness, but that all seems like hogwash especially if you have two objects on your face called eyes. For most of the film, I felt as though turning the sound off wouldn't effect the overwhelming artistry and impact of the expressive images. Sirk makes everything (and I mean everything) absolutely beautiful; but there is not a single image that doesn't manifest a penetrating feeling of portraited longing. Among the pretty people, the pretty houses, the pretty trees, the pretty cars, there is a deep despair waiting to be renewed. The plot doesn't tell us so: the expressions of the actors, paired with Sirk's evocative style, sting an exquisite sting. "Magnificent Obsession" is only notable because Douglas Sirk directed it. Without him, it certainly wouldn't look as good. Without him, it certainly wouldn't feel so luminous, so somber. Rarely can the appearance of a movie completely make or break its successes, but in "Magnificent Obsession," it is one of the most important components in its longevity and its vigor.
Mark C (it) wrote: suspenseful storytelling. the photography and script create a bleak atmosphere. New York Times review from 1950 called it perfectly crafted artifice, and this is not far from the mark. Orson Welles just starting to look and act creepy back then. love the ferris wheel speech and the quote about Switzerland and the cuckoo clock, which I've used in class for many years.
Matthew L (es) wrote: It means well, but fails on that level to ok.
CharlesLouis T (ag) wrote: Quand mme pas mal moins bon que dans mon souvenir... C'est en fait une comdie lgre la sauce Star Trek. Le rythme est bon, le cast est bien utilis, mais au final c'est assez absurde l'histoire des baleines bosses...