Crimson staff writer
Harper R. Oreck
From Cannes: 'Three Thousand Years of Longing' Is 108 Minutes of Rollicking Entertainment Without A Clear Point
“Three Thousand Years” is one of the most highly-watchable films of the festival, sure to be a crowd-pleaser in theaters. But its palatability comes at a cost.
The film becomes alienatingly hard to watch as it devolves into a bizarre musical about an unlikeable man terrorizing women on the street.
Does the blood spilled behind two people bind them together or doom them to unhappiness? Can two people conditioned by violent obsessions ever turn away from them, or have they been indelibly shaped?
On the cinematic screen, where audiences can experience only the visual echoes of pain, Cronenberg orchestrates grotesque injuries and shocking transformations in the service of art.
The affecting drama is a triumph of communal filmmaking that highlights the perspectives of Native creatives, offering a fluid coming-of-age story that resists the narrative urge to insert artificial endings.
Beyond its portrayal of wealth, the film’s more specific critique of exploitative beauty culture feels unique for the contemporary cinematic landscape.
Where its premise might suggest a supernatural thriller, the film instead unravels as a vivid and emotive slice-of-life movie, beautifully tracking the blossoming romance between two teenagers.
The film offers an engaging portrait of the everyday dangers and bureaucratic infighting in an intelligence agency servicing the Korean military dictatorship, but eventually drags under the weight of its countless plot twists.
From Cannes: 'Tirailleurs' Depicts France’s Exploitation of Senegalese Conscripts In Fast-Paced, Tragic World War I Story
Though Mathieu Vadepied makes a meaningful commentary about French abuse against colonial subjects in the name of the war effort, his latest film certainly has its issues.
The film is both a window into the pervasive misogyny endemic to the underground biking scene and a broader commentary on the way men are threatened by female independence.