Good movie about relationships & singing. (by ralphdaily)
We streamed this because two days before release we saw Renée Fleming the singer's voice & she said to see it. We enjoyed it very much.
An Opera Singer's Opera (by sharonkathleenjohnson)
Like Lifeboat, Key Largo, and Dog Day Afternoon, this film focuses on a limited number of characters trapped in a claustrophobic and seemingly untenable situation. The sumptuousness of the industrialist's mansion and the erudite sophistication of the opera crowd contrast sharply with the roughshod revolutionary naivete of the largely illiterate ragtag band of guerillas, yet the humanity of both manages to shine through. Charactor development and cross-cultural exchange are the focus here and ironic unexpected downright hilarious interactions abound between the guerillas and the hostages. <more>
Their comaraderie is heartwarming and inspiring! The beauty of operatic song is also celebrated and holds one in thrall the few times it is showcased--I was left wanting to hear more of Renee Fleming's celestially cerebral phraseology. A film so engaging you don't want it to end, but end it must in the grand tradition all great operas.
This film has a very great idea that the people we think are really evil are the best but there are reasons that made them like this and we always look at the reasons Negative Points 1 \ representation is not good of soldiers 2 / The love relationship was very fast and I think this is exaggerated Positive Points Brilliance is the beautiful point I have not found in other filmsNote \ There may be errors in my writing due to a
The film give full force of the novel (by caughlan_anne)
Julianne Moore did a decent job trying to bring Ann Patchett's story heroine to life, and there is probably an Oscar nomination in store. However, Ken Watanabe as the Japanese opera lover was a stand-out. Voice-overs by Renee Fleming were stupendous. The story is a heart stopper and we are in shock throughout.
A Story of Love & Loss (by tkay-53533)
A compelling drama that begins with hostage taking and evolves into relationships of love and respect. A reverse Stockholm syndrome supported by beautiful music and voice.
Unusual, involving and funny (by phd_travel)
Quite different from anything I've ever seen before, this hostage movie is not a thriller but more of a story about bonding between very different people. Full use is made of the international cast from Japanese to Latin American to German and French. The comedic parts in the middle are laugh out loud funny. Like the guard at the door of her bedroom saying it's like a Telenovela. And the terrorist learning to sing. Julianne Moore is lovely and very diva looking. Her singing is dubbed by Renee Fleming but Julianne's lip synching isn't that convincing - her mouth moves but her <more>
body and neck don't heave with the breaths that opera singers take. She has chemistry with Ken Watanabe and they look quite good together. Too bad his character had to be a martyr. What happened to Christopher Lambert? He looks so strange. The Stockholm syndrome thing goes a bit too far with the Japanese translator and Carmen. It's interesting to see the bond between the terrorists and captives develop. They are not the really bad type of terrorists just bent on killing for no reason. But in the end I think the unreserved caring that the captives had for the fate of the terrorists was hard to buy.It's based loosely on the Japanese Embassy hostage crisis in Peru but the romances and diva thing are made up. Very much worth a watch.
This movie is not about opera or terrorism (by BertSletten)
There appear to be a lot of "haters" because of what this movie is not about. What it is about is the relationships that develops between 2 groups, between terrorists and their captives know as "Stockholm Syndrome" . While the movie is not as good as the novel, it is good.