From the Land of the Moon
Directed by Nicole Garcia
An adaptation of Milena Agus' eponymous novel set after WWII, "Mal de Pierres" ("Mal di Pietre") spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
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★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
Just, y'know, Marion continuing to prove that she's one of the greatest actors of her generation. And those sparse moments of original scoring, good lord. My first Garcia film, and I don't think she'll be leaving my radar anytime soon.
(A lot of people are probably going to dislike this, and for allllll the wrong reasons IMO; there are going to be misunderstandings of directorial intentions/motivations galore, mostly related to gender politics and psychological authenticity.)
★★★★ review by Marina Antunes on Letterboxd
Marion Cotillard is brilliant as a free spirited young woman coming of age in post WWII France who is forced to marry a man she doesn’t love only to realize years later the sacrifices he made for her happiness. Gorgeously directed by Nicole Garcia, this lovely story of a woman coming to terms with her life is beautiful and touches on everything from suppressed sexuality to depression. A lovely, intimate story with great performances from Cotillard and Àlex Brendemühl.
★★★★ review by Dillon Freeman on Letterboxd
We are so lucky to have Marion
★★★★ review by Juliana Fontes on Letterboxd
Uma história de amor daquelas que a gente nunca imagina que vá dá certo. Não do jeito romântico clichê que achamos que vai dar.
Loucura, casamento comprado sem sentimento, e no final um belo desfecho.
Um drama com um cenário lindo, fotografia muito bem feita, trilha boa, enredo e atores muito bons. Mais um francês que eu assistiria de novo.
★★★½ review by Dennis Reardon on Letterboxd
Big fan of Cotillard here try to see her whenever I can. This movie, for me, ran a little on the long side for the story being told. It is about a young woman who may or may not be a bit touched in the head. Her parents believe she should either be married off, or put into an asylum. Faced with the choice she chooses being married off to migrant farm worker whom her parents set up a business for.
We soon learn she has a medical condition and must take a protracted treatment at a facility located in Switzerland. While there she meets, what turns out to be, the love of her life. He is a lieutenant who has been badly injured in Indonesia and is also receiving treatment.
Unfortunately for our heroine he is moved to a different facility and she is cured and must go back to live with her purchased husband.
At this point the movie throws the audience a curve ball that is nasty as they get. It makes the slow lumbering pace of the movie nearly, but not quite, worth the wait.
If you are a fan of foreign movies and the themes that are common to them you will enjoy this movie, I know I did.
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