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  • Summary: Having married the adopted Malay daughter of the wealthy Captain Lingard in order to obtain an inheritance that has failed to materialize, Almayer has become isolated and bitter, trapped in his remote trading post, and investing all his emotional energy in his own beloved daughter, Nina. But, haunted by feelings of racial and cultural alienation and harboring hatred towards her father, Nina has no intention of providing him with comfort or companionship. (Anthology Film Archives)
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 7, 2012
    100
    One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films.
  2. Reviewed by: c
    Aug 14, 2012
    100
    A marvelous experience for any devoted cinephile.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 7, 2012
    100
    It is the richly evocative performances of Marion (aggressive yet enticing) and Merhar (wearing world-weariness like an aged suit) that cut deepest.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Aug 7, 2012
    100
    Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Aug 7, 2012
    90
    Almayer's Folly is lush and dreamy (if not quite dreamlike), but it never feels unanchored or given to pointless meandering. However hypnotic it at times becomes, this is a sober(ing) endeavor that never strays far from its post-colonial backdrop.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 9, 2012
    60
    Almayer's Folly is not friendly terrain to traverse; like some sinister version of Proust, it is a prolonged fever dream that ultimately yields madness.
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  1. Aug 12, 2012
    1
    This movie was of no appeal to me what-so-ever. The camera shots were terrible and I strugled to grasp the true emotions of the key characters. A wary eye should be cast over this movie. Expand

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