“Eastern Promises” Review

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Eastern Promises (2007)

 **SPOILER ALERT**

Eastern Promises” is David Cronenerg’s 18th big film starring Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel and Naomi Watts. The script is written by Steven Knight, better known for “Amazing Grace” (2006) and “Locke” (2013), and the movie starts with a young Eastern European girl dying during childbirth, leaving her baby girl and a diary behind, which is then taken into care/examination by a nurse called Anna (Watts) in a London hospital. Upon the diary’s examination, Anna discovers that it is very probable that the young girl has suffered badly at the hands of certain individuals, which takes her deep into the seat of a London-based Russian mafia and its operation.

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“The Painted Veil” Review

The Painted Veil (2006)

 ‘Lift not the painted veil which those who live
Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,
And it but mimic all we would believe
With colours idly spread…’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
 

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The Painted Veil’ is a moving romantic drama set in China in 1925 and based on W. Somerset Maugham’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name. This is a truly timeless story about the values of love, marriage, fidelity, understanding, etc., while also exploring a clash of cultures, to name just a few dominant themes. Directed by John Curran, this film is, arguably, the triumph of a book-to-film adaptation.

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“Mulholland Drive” Review

Mulholland Drive (2001)

 ‘So, don’t play it for real, until it gets real’

There is no easy way to write a review to this film, unless, maybe, you are David Lynch himself. What, however, can be easily said is that ‘Mulholland Drive’ is an artsy mystery film containing bizarre sequences, the most nonsensical movie lines in a dialogue you probably ever heard, and incorporating some in-you-face, non-conventional story telling. What immediately stands out in this film is the fact that, similar to ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), the events in ‘Mulholland Drive’ often unfold without any (meaningful) explanation given. Overall, branded ‘the most challenging movie of the year’, this film is fascinating in its inexplicability, surrealism and originality, and probably contains one of Naomi Watts’s best career performances.

In this review I will not bother setting out the film’s plot, but jump straight to providing a general commentary on this thriller’s notable features. Then, I will try to provide a sound explanation of what is really going on in this movie.

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