Directed by Claudia Llosa
Starring Jennifer Connelly, Mélanie Laurent, Cillian Murphy, William Shimell and Zen McGrath
As we follow a mother and her son, we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer, and he will grow into his own and a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence. In the present, a young journalist will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths.
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★★★½ review by maggie on Letterboxd
jennifer connelly is only five years older than cillian murphy what gives
★★★½ review by Juan Bacaro on Letterboxd
Cierro agosto con "No llores, vuela" -A.K.A. "Aloft"-, una película que llevaba mucho tiempo esperando por ser lo primero que hace Claudia Llosa desde su fama por "La teta asustada".
Un drama de pesarosa cadencia, con perímetros psicológicos y paisajes majestuosos. Además, Llosa cambia a Natasha Braier (espléndida directora de fotografía, es argentina!) por Nicolas Bolduc, un talentoso canadiense que ha trabajado junto a Denis Villeneuve. Y la fórmula le sale muy bien.
"Aloft" es también un hermoso certamen de pupilas cristalinas (Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent y, sobre todo, Jennifer Connelly).
Un buen balance. No es perfecta, pero aún así la he hecho entrar en mi TOP 10 / Agosto 2015 → letterboxd.com/juanbacaro/list/favoritas-agosto-2015/
P.D.: sublime soundtrack a cargo de Michael Brook.
★★★½ review by bridget on Letterboxd
cillian's best look since sunshine (2007)
★★★½ review by Panta Oz on Letterboxd
Slow developing Spanish/Canadian/French drama written and directed by Claudia Llosa, starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, and Mélanie Laurent, will catch your attention very easy and keep it to the end.
The miracle making story of Nana Kunning (Jennifer Connelly), a struggling mother of two young sons, who takes her children out into an isolated location to a healer, was telling us little by little about love, struggle of accepting things we are not familiar with, and responsibilities for other lives, which we often forget.
Digging deep into human emotions is not always pleasant, and I guess this could disturb some in the audience... I took it as a poetry in motion and picture - and it worked really well for me!
★★★★★ review by Franko on Letterboxd
This is taken from the only review that I have ever written. I orginially posted this on rottentomatoes. I have edited and added to it here.
I absolutely loved this movie! Super underrated! The start of ALOFT is a little confusing, however, if you keep focused and pay attention, you are definitely rewarded with a very thought provoking, beautiful film. The ending and much of the story leave a lot untold, and that could possibly annoy some. I feel that to answer these questions would really tarnish the artistic merit of the film. This is what ALOFT is, a piece of art.
Cillian Murphy and Jennifer Connelly pull off great performances, maybe even their best. Not many actors could make this film work and they (and the others) definitely make it work. The film is also very well shot if you're one for atmosphere, ALOFT has it in spades. This is definitely one of the more depressing movies I've seen. Definitely don't watch if you are expecting a happy ending or happy anything.If you want to see that, go watch a Hollywood blockbuster. The last scene with Murphy and Connolly had me in tears. Great, great acting.
I felt I had to write this as I really enjoyed the film plus the fact that it got horrendously terrible reviews. I can see why this film got a lot of harsh reviews. If you look past what some may consider flaws, you will see a deeply moving and beautiful film. Disclaimer - I'm a huge Cillian Murphy fan.
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