Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Loneliest Planet: DVD Review

The Loneliest Planet: DVD Review

Rating: M
Released by Madman Home entertainment

Slow cinema doesn't come more divisive than this.

We follow the soon-to-be-married Nica and Alex (Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal as they backpack around Georgia. This is a happy couple, a playful couple and a couple whose future seems set.

However, when they start trekking deep into the mountains with a guide, it seems as if everything is going their way.

But, when they encounter another trio, something happens which shocks the foundations of their relationship and has repercussions for the three of them.

Beautifully shot, with long still frame images of the group walking against the marvellous backdrop of nature, The Loneliest Planet is an interesting rumination of what it means to be a man, what it means to be in a relationship and how one single decision can have lasting implications.

The emphasis here is on more shots of the landscape, local music and less on the dialogue which is sparse. But by hanging back, giving less, there's more of a sense of devastated frustration


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