close ups and hand held camera work


I just watched this film tonight, and while I was engaged by the plot and the characters, I actually found the filming techniques to be obtrusive. Did anyone else feel this way too? Towards the end, I was so sick of seeing extreme closeups of Milli's face as she furrowed her brow and whimpered...I don't know, it just seemed like the camera work and the way the shots were framed got very repetitive and therefore distracting. I appreciate such creative filming, but somehow it lost its subtlety and made me too aware I was watching those techniques. I also thought the pace was maybe a little slow. Just my take though. Other than that, I thought the photography and style, specifically the saturated colors, were beautiful. And all in all, I thought this film was very good and explored a really initeresting psychological topic.

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Yes I agree with you there, the aesthetics became a little excessive, especially the water theme, to the expene of the drama. And since the film was covering such an important issue, you'd think special effort would be made to preserve the realism and keep the audience engaged with the drama. It actually wasn't enough ruin my enjoyment of the story and interest in the political side of the film though.

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Look up websites relating to this film, and every still of her looks like every other. It is funny to look at the dvd chapter break stills, almost every one is a tight close up of her clutching her knees while dripping water.

For example:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/terrorist.htm

There is definitely a monotonous sameness to the way shots are framed.

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Ditto for me - I enjoyed the movie, but I started getting a little annoyed by the constant breathing/whimpering sounds. Just once I wish she'd actually speak the word "no" when she answers a question rather than moving her head slightly and making a barely audible "eehhh" noise. Still, it didn't ruin the movie or anything, and I didn't expect the sound to be expertly done anyway.

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