Temptation of a Monk

Temptation of a Monk

Near the beginning of the Tang dynasty, in 7th century China, General Shi Yan-sheng is tricked into leaving the crown prince unguarded. The crown prince is murdered by one of his brothers who then becomes emperor. Shi retreats to a monastery, perhaps to hide, perhaps to plan a coup. When his loyal troops as well as the princess he desires are slain, he seeks refuge in a remote, abandoned monastery where an aged abbot schools him with practical, earthy teachings. The emperor's forces pursue Shi: first a woman, then a general seek to overpower him with lust and might. Over the course of the film, the reds of battle give way to blues of meditation.

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Robert S (br) wrote: If you're a creative genious like renaissance man Alejandro Jodorowsky, the sweetest revenge for having a cruel father is to make a movie about him. And that's just how "Dance of Reality," the great Chilean-French avante garde director's first film in 23 years, starts out. Ah, but Jodorowsky's far too great (and honest) an artist to settle for a simple revenge flick. After a few scenes, this instant classic, which reminds me of those of the great Italian director Frederico Fellini, gradually turns into a complex father-son love story, set primarily in Tocopolla, a hard-scrabble coastal mining village on the edge of the Chilean desert where Jodoworsky spent his boyhood. His father Jaime, as Jodorowsky depicts him anyway, mixing reality and true-to-life history and biography with metaphor, mythology, and pure fantasy, was, to me anyway, one of the all-time most conflicted figures in history. In a delicious bit of ironical casting, Jaime is masterfully played by Alejandro's real-life son Brontis, who's about 50 now and played the lead role at 12 in his father's 1975 failed attempt to film the then-unfilmable "Dune." The real present-day Alejandro, still handsome and charismatic at 84, also stars in his film, as a kind of mystical, ghost-from-the-future figure who appears at key times to offer spiritual wisdom to the audience and comfort to his younger self, played wonderfully, too, by first-time actor Jeremias Herskovits, an Argentinian raised for a few years in Australia who lives with his family in Santiago now. His screen mother Sara is played by the lusty, sensual, and comparatively-unknown opera singer Pamela Flores, whose character always speaks in sopranic song throughout the movie; many of the most unforgettable scenes are hers.Of Jewish-Ukranian descent, Alejandro's father Jaime was a closet communist who greatly admired the brutal Russian dictator Joseph Stalin and employed Stalin's dictatorial leadership style with his wonderful, mystical, earth-mother wife Sara, his gentle, loving son Alejandro, the simple villagers of Tocopolla, and even the customers of the womens clothing store that provided their livelihood. A hard man, Jaime went against the political leaders of the village to deliver life-saving drinking water to hundreds of poor, multi-plegic, and terribly disfigured villagers during a plague epidemic ("the Black Death") in the 1930s. Jodoworsky has his dictator-loving father involved in an assassination attempt on the life of the Chilean military dictator, General Carlos Ibanez del Campo. Instead of letting his accomplice shoot the general (at a dog show), Jaime stands in front of him and shouts, "No! He doesn't deserve to die like this," which results in the suicide of the young assassin and the general rewarding Jaime for saving his life by making him the groom for his prized stallion. Bucephalus. A horse-lover, Jaime lets the horse eat poisened flowers to punish the general for his brutality, but ends up with psychic paralysis in his hands that keep him from carrying out the assassination his accomplice never did. The general doesn't realize that Jaime killed his horse or intended to kill him, too, so he hugs Jaime and gives him a wad of money after they burn down the stables and all the other structures on the ranch and say their farewells. Jaime lets the wind blow the money all over the entry to the ranch and makes no sttempt to retrieve it.Jaime's journey back to Tocopolla is an epic wandering, including time spent recovering from amnesia under the care of a female dwarf (who hangs herself when he recovers his memory) and another period helping an elderly spiritualist carpenter (like Jesus?) sand 100 chairs to be donated to a Catholic chapel (who dies of a heart attack during the celebration in the church). Jaime's epic journey continues into WWII, when Naziism comes to Chile, and finishes with the abdication of General Ibanez. He ultimately returns to Sara and Alejandro in Tocopolla, where Sara eventually heals his physical and psychic wounds through love and prayer - to the God that Jaime, the Stalinist, never believed existed. The film ends with Jaime, Sarah, and Alejandro saying their farewells to Tocopolla, bound for a better life in Paris.The images Jodoworsky uses to tell the story of his childhood vary from the dream-like to the surrealistic to the just-plain bizarre. His central philosophy of life is that reality is really just an invention of our imaginations and objective reality doesn't exist. And, boy, does he fully express that philosophy in "The Dance of Reality."If you don't care for Fellini or Bergman or Marquez or South American magic realism, you won't like "Dance," but I did. I found it immensely and wildly entertaining and left the theater with a smile on my face.

Ellie L (it) wrote: the last chapter should be titled "brotherhood". it's not about football. amazing story... winning streak of 151 games, lost it, 0-2 next to get back to winning... not to go on to a winning streak, but winning an attitude of humbleness, appreciation, brotherhood, being a team. it's based on a true story, true events, real people.

Arash B (jp) wrote: It's like something between documentary & mockumentary with a Woody Allen-ish kind of humour, Sometimes annoying sometimes funny sometimes uninteresting , sometimes pretentious & sometimes interesting

Craig D (nl) wrote: With some incredible cover artwork, and controversial subject matter, if your a fan of the 70s sexplotation phase, then youll love this one. Being a huge fan of anything that has to do with religious horror, then i was bound to love this one. Granted the story line plays out nothing short of an Anthology type script, and of course, they figure out how to some how undress every nun at the medieval convent, but its one of those you really cant look away. Maybe its just me being a male talking, but i liked it.

Ojas V (ru) wrote: an amazing film, with sweeping cinematography, and a powerful performance by the films lead, Nargis. Although the melodrama is piled on thick, we definitely get a sense of the hardship India's farmers went through to eek out a living from the harsh earth. We see how the land ownership system leads to a corrupt life, and it infects Nargis's character as she goes about trying to survive, despite these obstacles. The film is not an easy watch, with such a long runtime...and it is definitely heartbreaking.

Stanley C (mx) wrote: The story is incredibly boring while the film is divided by non-related plot elements between the giant bugs and Rodan.

Yiltan K (ru) wrote: Worst film I've ever had to endure. Like paper mach first it's wet, limp and thin later it's brittle, vacant, completely void and similar to a daily newspaper my interest had wained after reading the funnies!The dialogue was "Stan", "Stan", "Stan" - like repeating his name (Hugh Jackman) would somehow make us like him more, wrong!Awful action scenes and score. Storyline was inept and the acting wasn't any better.

Mike D (br) wrote: If the board game 'Clue' were a movie (and I realize it already was), 'Gosford Park' would fit its pieces nicely thanks to its delicately constructed plot and unique personalities portrayed by its cast. The 2001 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated film had a limited audience both while in theaters and after the fact, but it deserves some attention for a few reasons.The film, which was directed by Robert Altman (Mash, A Prairie Home Companion), is set in the pre-war English countryside, where a wealthy group of guests are hosted at a manor for a weekend party of hunting, games, singing and...murder? Some of 'Gosford's strengths include its witty-yet-smart dialogue, ability to paint a picture of two very different classes and humanize them (servants and aristocrats) and its killer cast (no pun intended). Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon (both paired together before their 'Harry Potter' days) lead the impressive performances, with a young Ryan Phillippe and Kelly Macdonald also delivering in somewhat surprising ways.Again, the "tale of two cities" setup for this film works well, as we get to follow the series of events through the eyes of both the upper and lower classes as clues are revealed during the hunt for who's responsible for the event that brought all the fun and games to a standstill. While much of the film is shot within the enormous home, the cinematography is still respectable, and adds to the feeling that the film indeed is set years back in time. But perhaps the best part of 'Gosford' is the character development - especially among the servant class, which helps humanize these people in a way that many films do not.By the end of 'Gosford Park,' the events of the film are pretty believable, and while there really is no true resolution, audiences strangely are okay with how things turn out. That is just one sign of a truly well-done piece of cinema.