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those amazing bus journys


did everyone else love wathing mr bruno travel about on the bus or tain all the *beep* time!!! then crossing the street multiple times over and over the same repetitive *beep* this film was god awful, i love cannes but oh my was this a disapointing film, and before anyone comes out with some *beep* like stick to transformers dont even bother, i seriously do not understand how peole could find this interesting it was just so dull all with the exception of the chase scene at the end which i thought was really brilliant, however that does not make up for the sheer boredom i felt watching this, i thought i had unearthed a great little film in a back shelf in xtra vision after reading the reviews on the back from empire etc but boy was i wrong

but seriously did no one else have a laugh with their friends about the endless bus scenes LOL

would anyone who thinks this film this film is great and deserved the palm d'or please tell me why? id be genuinly interested in hearing your thougthts

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God forbid that people make films with some sort of character development in them...

If you actually watched the film you would have noticed the turmoil during the scenes that you didn't like.

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jebus of arabia NO just NO this film was terrible, im all for character development, im not into stupid action films and i love world cinema but this film was god awful you must be very easy pleased if all you expect in a film is a nasty main character to develop a set of decent characteristics and slight understanding of his reponsibilities

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Just go and watch Die Hard and be happy.

Bruce Willis has a gun and is killing terrorists, you'll like it.

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Riding on the bus, however mundane, asks an incredible amount about the character. When you see Bruno on the bus with the baby you're afforded the opportunity to ask yourself so many questions about what he must be thinking. "Is he thinking about the money?", "Is he thinking about what he's going to tell Sonya?", "Is he haven't second thoughts?", etc. Studying Bruno's face in that scene is a pleasure. You could easily dismiss the scene as a throwaway narrative device (getting from Scene A to Scene B), however I would completely disagree. It adds to Bruno's character tremendously. Not to mention the fact it adds to the audience's overall empathy of Bruno. The fact we follow him on this journey gives us an insight into how he operates. The Dardenne's are forcing us to spend time with this character, we may not like him, but he's interesting and this plot line is far more intriguing than watching Sonya in a queue.

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You're spot on.

The acting was superb and Bruno's perplexing character was pretty mesmerising at some points. Particularly because he seemed so harmless but did such a heinous thing. In fact, I thought he was incredibly interesting so I didn't mind watching him meandering, on the make, or lying through his teeth. Watching him on the bus was just like watching anyone on a bus. If you're interested in people, you won't find this boring.

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Watching him on the bus was just like watching anyone on a bus. If you're interested in people, you won't find this boring.
This is a good point. The film was like people watching. We are shown so little of their interior and that is mesmerising as well as frustrating.
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You read Empire magazine which means you're either young or predominantly into mainstream films. I can understand why you might not like it. But it's quite obvious you just didn't get what it was trying to show you. You can't write a negative comment about a film you simply don't understand.

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i prefere toal flm magazine actually,21 years old and i do not prefere blockbusters, i dispise batman atc,i like interesting films like antichrist, american beauty, the fall, the fountain as for gaurdian what an inteligent remark from you, go watch die hard, wow you are so original, i never seen a reply like tha coming, you pretentious little twat, dont you dare talk down to me about film taste when you love this drivvel,



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btw thanks for having the respect to share your thoughts like i asked of you unlike gaurdian who gave me the expected idiotic responses


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Dardenne movies are fables-in-a-documentary-style. This involves a lot of silence. But, I don't think this means that the time is empty. I think it builds suspense - what are they thinking? Often - just like real humans - Bruno simply does something which - if we haven't been paying attention, or even if we have - might seem inexplicable. The slow work of interior transformation is hard to depict, and does not come with fanfare.

Bruno and Sonia are very 'real' characters, yes, and are depicted with a minimum of fuss and no overly 'cinematic' framing to suggest 'fable' (which we often take to mean 'fantasy'). But, this film is - among many things - a fable about redemption and its surprises. This is why, among other things, I did not find the end depressing. Rather, it is enheartening, deeply moving to see that Bruno has become - even in prison (or, perhaps one ought to say, requiring prison) - the sort of person who can feel remorse. And, thus, empathy... humanness. Love. We see a simple story about one person's transformation... and this transformation is achieved through the most random (?seemingly?) assortment of circumstances. Through its formal simplicity (and perhaps overstatement of selfishness and somewhat formulaic gangster-almost-French-New-Wave-ish plotline) it becomes broadly universal - a fable about the human condition. We might not all sell our babies, but we all make the trip from the land of pure selfish self-gratification to a land where we can encounter the effects of our actions, and a desire for authentic relationship with other human beings.

Great film. Check out their other stuff. Fables. And, really powerful.

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