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Stylish, moodily entertaining, with verisimilitude.
Just saw this on Sundance Channel and was quietly but firmly impressed. ALL performances were top notch, yes. even the little boy's. Nick Nolte is the damned finest actor of his generation probably and Miss Cheung is terrific in her French and English speaking role. I admit to some ignorance of her career, but from my limited perspective, seeing her performances botched by inscrutable kung fu editing and bad subtitling, it was almost a revelation to see her subdued and so movingly...human. (Same to be said for her contemporary Michelle Yeoh, by the way, in her non-Hong Kong stuff.) I'm a sucker for style and this film has some. Points for incidental 70's Brian Eno music snippets.
I'm not a recovery expert and thusly do not subscribe to strict 12 step voodoo dogma, so I believed this character.
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