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  • Summary: Set in contemporary New York City and the Macedonia of a century ago (which at the time was part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire), the film jumps back and forth across space and time to tell two ultimately intertwined stories: one about an old woman and a burglar in New York, the other about the two American frontier brothers-turned-enemies caught up in battles between Macedonian Slav revolutionaries, Turkish soldiers and ethnic Albanian and Greek gangs. Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. 60
    The chaotic, brutal iconography of Italian Westerns is put to novel use in this time-traveling, self-referential, hugely ambitious story of American brothers.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    60
    It's too arty to cut it as a violent action pic and too gore-spattered to appeal to the arthouse crowd.
  3. 50
    A potent, assured and ambitious piece of filmmaking brought down by weighted dialogue and, playing Americans, the British actors Adrian Lester and Joseph Fiennes and the Australian David Wenham.
  4. 50
    Manchevski has a rare visual intelligence, whether filming the face of a dying woman or Times Square's reflection in a windshield. But in reaching for a cubist style of storytelling, he sacrifices character and motivation.
  5. Its most impressive aspect is its visual style, patterned to some degree on Sergio Leone westerns. A picture this long and dense should work harder to be cogent and coherent, though.
  6. Whatever ghost-story intrigue the film musters gives way to a tedious cycle of fighting, screwing, shouting and storytelling stuck together by two hours worth of hard-boiled dialogue gone gummy.
  7. 25
    Lurches so wildly and meaninglessly between genres and time frames that all it creates is motion sickness.

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