This film is about eight individuals facing the most brilliant separations in their lives. The passionate fire fighter, 30 years old, tries to propose to his lover but every time he misses the chance. In the meantime, she becomes anxious whenever she hears a siren. Suk-hyeon intends to break up with her jobless lover, Ha-seok, and he begins an agency that helps other lovers to break up. Juyeong is mad at her son's troubles in school, but she realizes that she has little time to spend with him. Su-eun, with a hearing impairment and a burn on her face, falls in her first love but she doesn't have the courage to come out in his presence.
Michael H (es) wrote: The immigrant travelogue - especially the journey north to the U.S. - has become an entrenched movie genre. This one will reward your sympathy with unexpected heartaches.
Alix W (kr) wrote: An interesting exploration of Anti-Semitism. Clearly the filmmaker doesn't think it's as big of a problem as others do, particularly Abe Foxman, who comes off looking completely irrelevant in the film (or maybe I just think he is).
Peter K (jp) wrote: Saw it only yesterday. Already forgotten. Best seen locked on fast-forward.
Kate O (mx) wrote: good movie. kept me guessing!!
Scott A (it) wrote: Okay, it was an actual decent story and the movie flew by, and of course Saldana was fantastic. The problem lies with Cannon. Not sure if I just didn't like him, but the character he plays is such a douche, you want to smack him crazy all the time. He just always is causing issues. Maybe that was the point, but it bugged me a lot.
Heman L (mx) wrote: Very reflective piece of work on the legal justice system and basic human weakness.
Anna B (mx) wrote: It's funny how the Dardennes are seen as brutal, stark realists making typical boring European arthouse films, while I'm finding one of their strongest qualities is their well-constructed, compelling, novelistic plots. Goes to show that just because you use hand-held cameras and non-professional actors doesn't mean you have to take realism as a suicide pact. (Though their treatment of African immigrants is a little patronising, which is probably a symptom of being white and liberal.)
Giovanni A (gb) wrote: A good amount of technical expertise and stylistic charm brought down by overt sexism and cheesy quips
simon m (br) wrote: Thieves Highway is an excellent movie; up until the ending. Categorized as a film noir, many argue that it really isn't a genuine noir because of the happy ending. The changed ending was shot(against director Jules Dassin's wishes) and tacked on last minute. The film follows a pair of men who race to get a load of apples to a Bay Area market. Once half of the team gets there, things don't go as planned. This is a movie about the lengths men will go to attain financial security and it also works well as a revenge drama, moral fable and a condemantion of how Capitalism is a bloodsport. I may have given the movie more than an 80% if the director wasn't forced to change the ending. I am certain that the movie does not have the same effect on viewers with the changed ending. Why do studios do this? Why do they put so much importance on test audiences? Hollywood bigwigs want happier endings because they feel that movies with more upbeat conclusions do better at the box office. It is unfortunate that studios kowtow to test audiences. There are many movies throughout history that have downbeat endings that do quite well. Movies like Thieves Highway are almost ruined when changes are made, while other movies are changed completely with even the slightest tweak. Fatal Attraction, Blade Runner and Clerks all had different endings from what the director originally wanted as a conclusion to his or her movie. It is all about box office receipts and studio bosses who don't have much faith in average Joe's who go to movies. Thank goodness that Thieves Highway wasn't ruined, but I did roll my eyes during the last shot. Jules Dassin fought hard to keep the original ending and was later blacklisted in the United States(probably for his Leftist ideas)which is why this was the last movie he made in Hollywood. Maybe movies should be released with two versions of certain films; one with the original ending and one with the reshot ending. Which do you think would be more popular? I know which one I would see.
Cedric L (fr) wrote: Well-written, charming and featuring great cast chemistry.
Timothy G (fr) wrote: Okay, so the story has a hokey premise and failed fully explore some potentially thought-provoking themes. Still, I think Van Damme's performance as both the Torch and the Replicant is vastly underappreciated.