A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army massacred several units of West African conscripts recently returned from the battlefields of Europe. What was essentially a demand by African veterans that they be paid the same wages as their French counterparts led to an attack on soldiers who had only recently been fighting the Nazis in Italy and Germany.
Phillip M (br) wrote: Some people downplay the movie as a platitude amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Well, reality is reality, and a movie---though sometimes fantasy---portrays the virtue of peaceful possibilities. This movie achieves that end in a fairly simple, but powerful manner.
Grant H (br) wrote: Pretty bad movie. The plot is certainly an improvement over the original, broadening the characters a little bit, but the style and scare setups are all too familiar, and the performances are just so-so.
Michael H (kr) wrote: Artistically made and viscerally engaging film about responses to violence. The contrasts and similarities between scenes set in Denmark and those in Africa and the choices and responses of the different people to violence and intimidation are both thought provoking and thoroughly believable for the characters. Outstanding!
Hayden B (br) wrote: A fun movie for anyone in there 20's and possibly other ranges. Both leads do a great job of delivering dialogue in a well directed script. There are several fun moments in this movie that may come off as cheesy if you aren't fully invested. There is a lot of jumping around but it gives you the feel of hearing a friend telling a disjointed tale of his love life. The manic pixie dream girl character may be over done today, but this was one of the first movies that started things off. Definitely a cute watch, not technically a romance so don't let that turn you away.
Jurij V (ag) wrote: Separated by different culture, social status and age, they fall in love. How typical and predictable is that? Despite having number of scenes with sex in it, pair do not produce true and genuine feel of spiritual link or as Robert Ebert wrote in his review: " I believe true eroticism resides in the mind; what happens between bodies is more or less the same, but what it means to the occupants of those bodies is another question."
Ryan M (us) wrote: I can guaran-damn-tee that you will either love or hate this. Hou Hsiao Hsien's homage to Ozu manages to pay respect to the Japanese master without feeling like a ripoff, while putting his own style into the equation. The film itself is practically plotless: A girl called Yoko finds out she is pregnant and does not want to marry her boyfriend. Almost any other director would have revolved the entire plot about the girl's anguish over not marrying and whether she should keep the baby. Instead, Hou shows just how modern this new world is, where such an incident that was considered taboo is practically commonplace. Yoko hangs out with Hajime, who runs a second-hand bookstore and likes to record the sounds of trains. The film can have multiple meanings, but what I think Hou was trying to show was how modern day Japan is moving so fast that attitudes and traditions of old are simply being ignored or forgotten (Yoko barely talks to her parents, especially her father). To watch this film, you need to have an open mind, and immerse yourself in the gorgeous photography and lovely soundtrack to fully experience this film. Some may love the intricacies and poetry of it, others may be bored to tears and hate it. I belong to the former.
Auckers L (us) wrote: This could have been a a really sympathetic story if it had dealt more with the complexities of having to face the reality of being a full-size adult carrying the dwarfism gene. Insteasd, it is reduced to a rom-com with dwarves. Gary Oldman and Peter Dinklage are convincing, Patricia Arquette's character contributes nothing, and Kate Beckinsale is simply a fool to herself for not getting to even meet her husband's family before falling pregnant. Unsatisfactory conclusion leads audience totally bereft of empathy for any of the cast.
Kenny N (ag) wrote: I am a redblooded American born and raised in Illinois who can't stand sports...and this film from Canada left with me with an admiration for curling. This is an uneven work, zigzagging from poignant drama to crude dude comedy at the throw of a stone, and ultimately, it's no different than any other underdog sports team movie, but it has special moments in it that make it all worthwhile.
Sean D (it) wrote: this is shit. I think the crw where the only ones stoned in this film, plotline gathers a little moss as it rolls through the scenes. I think some stoned crew member lost some of the scenes and they've pieced together what the could. If this is supposed to appeal to stoners, it'll send them to sleep, give it a miss there's plenty better ways to spent 90 minutes, like getting stoned.
Kurt N (it) wrote: I liked this when I was a kid, but it's really not that fantastic at all.
Collin P (br) wrote: An entertaining Sci-Fi movie with an intriguing premise and a fascinating alien even if the characters do make dumb decisions and are not developed well.
F B (au) wrote: Boring and never really engaged with me in 30 minutes so gave up watching it.
Brad G (us) wrote: This sorta does the whole NYPD Blue thing twenty years before that show ever aired. The case is secondary to the melodrama of the the cops' lives. I'd really like to catch the TV show this turned into.