4 January 2013 | connie-baldini-427-561037
Everything and Nothing
When I had first heard of this film and its 'disturbing' nature, I was hesitant to view it. However, having just seen 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' starring Ezra Miller, who plays Kevin as a teenager, I was intrigued. Ezra Miller is a star. Whether he receives acclaim for these 2 films or not, he is definitely one to watch on the film scene. Before viewing this film, I actually read several reviews which do not do the film justice. Not to sound clichéd, but you must see this film to believe it. I've titled my review "Everything and Nothing" because it's almost impossible to put into words just exactly what happens; what we see on the film, and what is purposely hidden from us. This is definitely a film that will provoke controversy and debate after viewing. Tilda Swinton is astonishing in this role, or should I say roles. We see a woman in different phases of her life, and how she reacts to each phase. Career-oriented world traveler, doting wife, fragile mother. And in each of the 'roles', Swinton's face is better than anything a costume designer or make up artist could use to convey raw, deep, confused emotion. Without giving too much away, Swinton is the mother of a troubled son; married to a simple man, and the mother to a non-troubled little girl. We are told that Kevin is troubled, but nothing in this film will make you jump out of your seat or run from the room screaming. Tense is the best possible word I could use to describe the tone of the film. And heart breaking is the definitely the word I would use to describe Swinton's performance. While everyone in the film did give decent portrayals of their characters, none come close to Swinton and Miller in the dance they do in this film. This film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and during a Q & A, Swinton began answering a question by stating 'well this is a love story after all. deep down'. After seeing this film, try to wrap your head around that statement. If you do, you've definitely seen and understood the movie the way that I did; and recognize how truly excellent it really is.