March 22, 2007
Science behind the movie?! Er... this is magic realism, not a factual account of a real criminal, so if you thought it was the latter, you will have found this film confusing. If on the other hand you are perfectly happy to suspend your disbelief, enjoy the stunning cinematography (and forget to be disappointed by discrepancies with the book if you've read it first), you are in for a treat. Who needs smell-o-vision when the filth of the French slums or the heady scent of lavender fields practically ooze from the screen? This was one of the best films I've seen in ages, and yes, the ending is unusual and rather abrupt, but then would you rather every film had a neater-than-neat Hollywood ending? I wouldn't. And I'd see it again - which is about the heartiest recommendation I ever give to new films these days!