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Thursday, December 15, 2005


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Mark Forman

Wow-I'm totally on the hook. Can't wait to see this. Excellent review.


I saw this film in the theaters when it came out, mainly because I'm a huge Jane Campion fan. My memory isn't fresh on my reactions, but I know they were two fold. First, I thought the dominant story on Winslett was a reasonable one. Until I saw her in this role, I don't think I respected her, but she deserves it. And it's not just that it's a gutsy film choice or that her character was a LONG ways from Rose, it's more that she was just so damned deliciously believable in this role.

Secondly, and more importantly for me, as a person who was once a youth inclined to run off to an ashram himself, I was thrilled to see a film that partially deconstructed the notion of "deprogramming." So, yes, Dan, this one gets a thumbs up from me as well.

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