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quietearth [Film Festival 11.17.09] Sweden movie review drama

Year: 2009
Directors: Simon Staho
Writers: Simon Staho & Peter Asmussen
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Trailer: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 3 out of 10

The Bottom Line: Minimalism at it's worst.

Less it not always more. To wit, Warriors of Love is largely comprised of huge gaps of silence and melancholy stares, all framed with a motionless camera which lets the action play out before it. The promised beautiful cinematography was rare, instead focusing on rather uninspiring sets and nature shots. This should of been a short film and I doubt if it would of been enjoyable even then.

The story very loosely lives up to its billing: a "lesbian Romeo and Juliet". The plot is so simple and so little happens that I can't tell you anything about the film without ruining it, but I can say that beyond our two lesbian lovers, noone else is seen throughout the entire film, only their voices are heard. The story is basically a problem, sadness, and a resolution.

What else to say? It premiered at Locarno and this is one of the most pretentious films I've ever seen. It doesn't deserve any more writing.

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