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Plot: As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 26 Aug 2016
Modern/ classic. Elegant/ mondiale. Pinteresque-Aeschylean. Open patiently to it. Accept, observe/ welcome. As you would a brilliantly-acted theater piece. Permit the brilliant actors Weisz, Shannon, et alia to perform; let the plot sequence. As you do, listen to the voicings/ dialogue-phasing -- as you might frogs' singing during a night in a Tasmania. Value the gestures and changes and blockings and incidents: Jenny's swimming, speeches about frog-song study; Tom's futile emailing and efficient cake- cleaving. Understand Tom's wife's jewelry-making and California <more>
dreaming -- for both of them; Kathy Bates's and Danny Glover's Magic Theater can't walk-goat meat playlet; the Jenny-Tom embrace -- letting go/ don't let go -- at the end of their Walpurgisnacht eclaircissement.It's a play of actors with character and incident, dialogue and beat, feeling and thought: unadorned, decorous, ordinary -- a birthday party -- and fantastic. That takes place at quiet stainless-steel space- age Manhattan biotechs, and in a oak-panelled apartment, or on safe streets. But with a dead-grey goat's severed soup head in the quick middle of it.
Don't read the reviews of either of these two movies. (by peoplepower-588-227356)
Just last week I noticed how much I was missing seeing some decent films, and then I wander into two this week.The first was Certain Women.Not that you should never read reviews, I don't mean that. But some films, like these two, are better to experience blind, at least the first time.If you glance at the reviews you'll notice that some people like them a lot and some were just perplexed at how anybody could like them at all. But other than the fact that I gave it 9 stars so you know I'm writing this because I think highly of Conplete Unknown, you don't want to know what I <more>
know now that I didn't know before, because if you just trust yourself and the discretion of the fine actors who took these roles, then you might get lucky and discover something yourself. Cheers!
Would the story work without someone like Rachel Weisz as Alice? (by Red-125)
Complete Unknown 2016 was co-written and directed by Joshua Marston. It stars Rachel Weisz as Alice Manning, a beautiful 30-something woman biologist, who manages to make contact with Tom Michael Shannon by being invited to his birthday party.Alice and Tom broke up 15 years earlier, and she disappeared. He presumed she was dead. Tom is now married to a lovely Iranian woman, Ramina, played by Azita Ghanizada. The couple live in New York City, but a problem has arisen. Ramina has been invited to attend a very prestigious three-year course in jewelry design on the west coast. Tom is <more>
reluctant to leave his job. Actually, that plot line is more or less filler. The real plot concerns Alice. Alice has done many things in the interim 15 years. One of the questions in the movie is whether she actually has done these things. Alice is an instant and effective liar, so it's hard to know what she has or hasn't done.The acting in the movie is excellent from the stars to the supporting cast. Look for Kathy Bates and Danny Glover in cameo roles. Condola Rashad plays Sharon, one of the guests at the party. She is the most perceptive person in the movie. She catches on before anyone else does. Azita Ghanizada looks perfect as an intelligent, artistic wife, who cares about her husband, but also cares about her personal development.I enjoyed this movie because of the fine acting overall, and, particularly, because of Rachel Weisz's performance as Alice. The sets, costumes, and general ambiance looked perfect. My discomfort about the movie is due to the fact that everyone is charmed and fascinated by the enigmatic Alice. I think the entire film would crash because you only care about Alice because she's is played by Rachel Weisz. Rachel Weisz is very beautiful, and director Marston and his cinematographer can't stop looking at her. If Alice were unattractive, no one would care about where she had been and what she had done in the past 15 years.We saw this film on the large screen at Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It will work well enough on the small screen. It's interesting to me that Complete Unknown has a dismal overall IMDb rating of 6.7. However, if you look at the demographics, males gave it a 6.5, while females gave it a 7.3. Because, as is typical for IMDb, the number of male votes is three or four times the number of female votes, the male vote prevails. However, 41% of the voters gave it an 8, 9, or 10. Think about this when you decide whether or not to see this film.
This film is a drama, not so much a mystery, and it has an actual storyline, with characters who can grow and learn while dealing with life-changing decisions.It is not boring, unless the viewer needs either a lot of exposition or explosions. Without going into spoilers, I can say that there are some seemingly implausible aspects, but nothing in the film is actually impossible to believe.As already stated, the characters grow and change, and deal with decisions that will impact their lives, and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending, as it was unexpectedly uplifting.
Another beautiful and subtle performance by Rachel Wiesz (by yoyopa)
I gave this film a 8/10. The film overall wasn't particularly special. At least the visuals anyway but that wasn't really the point was it? This was plain and simple a character study. Complete Unknown is about Rachel Wiesz's "Alice", the choices she makes and how those choices ripple out and affect those that happen into her life..or lives.Unlike some other reviewers I very much enjoyed the film with an emphasis on Rachel Wiesz. She's been my favorite actress for as long as I can remember and this film just reminds me why. She does so little and yet she is so <more>
powerful. There is so much behind those eyes. With just a look or slightest gesture the depth of this woman becomes so clear. Wiesz possesses the kind of talent that cannot be taught. It's both innate and at the same time acquired through real life experiences...through truly living life.Another reason I connected with this film is because I myself have changed lives...Not to the extremes that Alice has. But I have very much grown tired of the way things were and simply picked up and left to start again. So Alice very much struck a chord with me.The film isn't fast paced with any crazy twists and turns. Its very simply a study of a human being. But a very fascinating human being.
Maybe I was in the mood for it, but I found this little movie intriguing. It's certainly different. I didn't read anything too profound into it; I just think it was an interesting story beautifully played.It seems to have bored some people stiff and the critical response according to Wikipedia was mixed to negative - I guess they weren't in the mood for it.Alice Rachel Weisz , a woman who disappeared years before, returns and meets her old boyfriend Tom Michael Shannon . We learn that she has changed identities and occupations many times, acquiring new skills and friends, only <more>
to suddenly leave them all behind to adopt a totally new identity. This sort of thing usually has sinister undertones often involving serial killers and people held captive in cellars, but here there is nothing evil at all, only feelings of sadness for a lost relationship and Tom's sense of purposelessness in his life. There are a few more layers to it, and Alice's self indulgent philosophy is questioned. There is one telling sequence when Alice and Tom help an older couple played by Danny Glover and Kathy Bates. Tom is invited into Alice's world of identity changing almost like in theatre sports where the players are given a character and then have to improvise like crazy; it unlocks something repressed in Tom.As Alice's story unfolds I thought of that line in Kurt Vonnegut's "Mother Night" - "You must be careful what you pretend to be, because in the end you are what you pretend to be".The film has a seductive mood aided by an atmospheric score and doesn't outstay its welcome. I won't spoil the ending, but it felt right.I'm glad I didn't read the critics first - "Complete Unknown" was a complete surprise.
Very slow, almost noir, weird night of self reflection for two intellectual syncing their clock after 15 years apart. Who am I? do i belong to myself? Do i really want to be stuck in this job for all of my life? Do i really want to be stuck in this marriage for all my life? Very atmospheric almost spiritual movie. Only beginning was little bit shaky, ending i would say was solid.