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quietearth [Celluloid 07.10.08] movie news drama

While normally something like this wouldn't interest me, the solitary despair displayed within the short but bittersweet trailer attracted me immediately. On further research I found out this is exactly the type of film I love, one with very little dialog and long takes which is transported to a "mythical time and space, with contemporary influences and attitudes". The designs are heavily influenced by Japanese fashion but the film is the first Australia-Croatia co-production and it's shot entirely in Croatia in the native tongue. "Penelope, the mythical character from Homer's The Odyssey, is waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from the Trojan War. She waits for twenty years. Penelope wanders alone through her enormous castle, often in a dreamlike state, each room a different memory. In these rooms she has visions of her husband, and memories of happier times together. In heavy contrast twenty revolting suitors sit at the dining table as a constant reminder of the present, forever eating, drinking, snoring and swearing. They are growing restless of waiting for Penelope to make a decision as to which of them she shall marry. Indeed, it seems, that she will have none of them. Mutiny hangs in the air, and Penelope's loyal maidservants are on the menu. Penelope is transformed by faith and suffering from the passive wife of antiquity into a tragic heroine and she will not wait for her husband to return before she sets things right." I highly recommend checking it out after the break.

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