Monday, September 12, 2016

Worse than real life

Pretty much all I can say about this film is that I'm glad I was not raised in a poor family of beekeepers in Tuscany. These apparently contemporary peasants live a brutal life and are further exploited by a society for whom they are objects of entertainment. No amount of romantic mooning over "simple pleasures" and a beautiful young woman's coming of age provides relief from the anxious, exhausting horror of these lives.

Plus the filmmaker needed a ruthless editor and viable storyline. In all, this film left me a little bored and generally drained. Other viewers disagree. It won some film festival awards, proving I don't know what.

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