|Manhattan Pictures International | Release Date: August 1, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
This portrait of a failing marriage is one of the summer's great discoveries, and a marvel of mercurial intimacy.
It's not a flawless adaptation, but it's a gutsy and deeply affecting one: The filmmakers manage to jazz up Smiley's tempo without losing her melancholy tone; and they find a way--without being untrue to the book--to make the stubbornly recessive protagonist seem a dynamo on the screen. Read full review
The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless. Read full review
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