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  • Summary: An emotionally-charged romantic epic about an extraordinary woman poised between two extraordinary men at a pivotal moment in time. Set in 1850 on the desolate and intensely beautiful island of Saint-Pierre, a remote French territory off the coast of Newfoundland, the film is a powerful andAn emotionally-charged romantic epic about an extraordinary woman poised between two extraordinary men at a pivotal moment in time. Set in 1850 on the desolate and intensely beautiful island of Saint-Pierre, a remote French territory off the coast of Newfoundland, the film is a powerful and provocative examination of grand passions and their consequences. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 100
    A beautiful and haunting film that tells this story, and then tells another subterranean story about the seasons of a marriage.
  2. The subtle selectivity of Leconte's eye, how he moves with great control from gesture to gesture, is matched by the disciplined intensity of the performances.
  3. Has the resonance, eloquence and formal rigor of a piece of great literature.
  4. Reviewed by: Fred Camper
    80
    Bosnian-born director Emir Kusturica delivers a superb performance as the prisoner, a brutish cipher who gradually reveals his humanity, and the delicate lighting often produces silhouetted faces that evoke the ultimate incomprehensibility of human emotion.
  5. It doesn't get much more romantic than this.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    70
    A genuinely heartbreaking, romantic film based on a true story; frankly, if it doesn't make you cry, we don't want to know you.
  7. 30
    It's not badly made, but it's a drag. Leconte's virtues can't overcome the plodding glumness that prevails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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