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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 aboutSet 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. Three movies in one: a spaghetti Western, an urban drama and a historical epic. All of them suffer from self-indulgent direction, a convoluted script and awkward acting.
  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. Dust is a bust, a big bad movie of the scope, ambition and bravura that could be made only by a talented filmmaker run amok.
  7. 25
    Lurches so wildly and meaninglessly between genres and time frames that all it creates is motion sickness.

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