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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sappho


I got interested in this movie because two reasons, one because it claimed to be inspired by the life of Sappho and her poems, and two because it was a film from Ukraine and I have limited knowledge of their cinema.

Well the movie is not bad, it is AWFUL. Not only the story is terribly developed and totally fragmented, but also as a movie is truly-truly dreadful with what could have been nice cinematography spoiled by terrible use of light and the most awful performances by unknown actors speaking English as it has a British unknown director with the name of Robert Crombie.

If you’re familiar with Sappho’s probable life you know that the story does not have a happy ending and well it is a very interesting story; but here they just destroy it with the most awful dialogues and the worst part is the main actress doing Sappho’s poetry and sounding totally silly.

Then the movie looks like an old fashion ‘70s soft porn movie with the most unappealing sex scenes that are supposed to be love scenes; in this context I believe that the original Emmanuelle was a lot better than this one even if I see it today, many decades after I saw it for the first time.

I cannot recommend this movie, it is really bad and if you still want to give it a try just because it totally belongs to the genre, do it at your own risk.

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