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Nothing but Tropes (VIDEO REVIEW)


EDIT: VIDEO REVIEW ADDED - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mGhta-NBpI

Typical European award bait.

Depressed closeted lesbian. Sex with boys doesn't thrill her. Meets vibrant girl who raises her spirits.

That's the outline for every film in the cute lesbian art house niche.

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You had me at "cute lesbian"(s).



"That boy's jumpier than a kangaroo on a trampoline!"

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Cute lesbian girls indeed. Adorable, but the main character exudes a sadness that make the sex scenes less erotic than, say, appealing or compassive. It's a healer-healed relationship. A girl who's a cutter and needs desperately a friend, a lover.

The movie is just ok storywise. Visually it's striking at the way they used shots from the air (drone abuse) and real acrobatic stunts.

I must say my favorite scene is when they're both by the lake listening to the seashell. I didn't like the open ending (in my opinion), it looked like they were parting ways.

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There's barely enough material for a short, certainly not enough to carry a feature. I did like the visuals and appreciate the plane work in a day where blockbusters phone it in with CGI planes and helicopters.

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Auste felt a bit like a manic pixie dreamgirl. There wasn't much to her character apart from her bubbly personality and artsy interests. Sangaile was pretty cold to her and wasn't that interesting. Suppose love makes one blind...

Also felt that the reasonings as to why Sangaile was such a mess weren't explained well enough(or were severe enough) and that her character arche was a bit underdeveloped. And I suppose you can get over a fear of heights, but vertigo? You can't just get rid of vertigo.

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