“Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.”
The movie stars Academy Award winner Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano with a special participation of the incomparable Jane Fonda. I didn’t have much anticipation while watching the film as there seemed to have a little buzz about this film but I was surprise on how brilliant the movie was. The movie is very abstract, so theatrically and dramatically made. It may look like the plot is very simple but the way they told the story was very deep and raw. The cast portrayed their character with justice and it was real, the emotions where overflowing about pain, anguish, anxiety, hope, etc. Notwithstanding the fact that the cinematography fits the simple yet complex attributes of each characters like the sole purpose of the picturesque view is to just listen and feel their melancholy, their dreams, desires and their bitter realities… to be their companion away from the crazy real world.
It is such a pleasure watching the movie with its intellectual exchanges of life, wisdom, nostalgia even thought it runs for over two hours. It may seem long but if you listen closely to their conversation, you slowly learn and realize about life… the time lost and the memories remembered. In connection, there are two metaphorical scenes that struck me. First, about not wasting time about the senselessness of horror but to tell about the desires which makes us alive. And second is the viewing deck analogy about young (everything seems really close) and old (everything seems really faraway), the future and past which is interlocking with the present.
All in all, I will give 4 out of 5 stars for being one of the contemporary masterpieces of this year.
Photo credits to Indigo Films