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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
... appreciative audience in the same category as those who enjoyed a quite different movie
By H. Reisinger Jr.
While I can understand that this film would not appeal to the vast majority of people due to the total lack of "action" (I would put its appreciative audience in the same category as those who enjoyed a quite different movie, "Last Year at Marienbad"). I have long found this a fascinating movie..
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
One of the few movies that really expands your horizons.
By Miles D. Moore
In the course of a two-hour conversation, Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory prove that cinematic stasis need not be boring, and in fact can even change your life to some small extent. In a way, this is almost like listening to a conversation between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, if Quixote and Sancho were modern-day New York intellectuals. Andre, the Quixote of the film, speaks of his attempts to find meaning in his life by traveling around the world, staging avant-garde theater experiments, participating in the rites of bizarre death cults and consulting Buddhist monks; Wally, the Sancho, is happier to stay close to home, seeking contentment in a good cup of coffee or an electric blanket. But the two men are united in their mutual conviction that the unexamined life is not worth living. Andre's story about the fabulously wealthy duchess who starved to death because she refused to eat anything except chicken is much to the point. How many of us end up starving to death, in one way or another, in the midst of plenty? In any case, few people could come away from this movie without feeling a little more appreciation for the fragile beauty of life.
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A Great Film Though Not For Everyone
Not for everyone, this film that comprises nothing more than a dialog between two men over dinner at a fancy French restaurant in New York set in the early 1980s. But they touch on profound issues and watching the dialog between these two very talented actors is fascinating indeed. SPOILER ALERT: no car chases, fistfights, shootings, or gratuitous sex so caveat emptor!