First, no spoilers and second, sorry, if I made mistakes with the language, but I must write my thoughts about TWD. As I have written before, I got the DVD from Australia this week. I like to see a film in the cinema and of course, I will go, if I have the chance in May...
TWD is fantastic. It's a quiet film - in the best meaning of the word. Everything works on the basis of emotions. A lot scenes are hard to bear.
The most impressive were the scenes with the grieving parents. Absolutely heartbreaking to see how she completely and he nearly break at their loss, their feelings of guilt and hopelessness.
Another scene is the dying young men in the trenches. It's not a bloody, slasher scene, but I swear, you will cry.
I don't think, that I have to mention, that RC is a master in front and now even behind the camera. The film is beautifully shot, what makes some scenes even harder to bear. I was very surprised how he used the music. In contrast to a Hollywood film, some of the most emotional scenes are without music. A wonderful choice. But the music matches always perfectly. Some parts remind me a bit of Cinderella Man or Gladiator.
Now to the cast. In addition to RC the two female characters impressed me the most. Both excel particularly in interaction with him.
Jaqueline MacKenzie as Eliza moved me to tears. Unfortunately, she has only few scenes.
Olga Kurylenko gives a very fine portrait. She plays Ashe, a young widow, whose husband died in Canakkale/Gallipoli. Her life isn't easy and her future uncertain, but she is strong, kind and a lovely mother for her little boy. Olga K. is beautiful and very talented. I hope, I will see more of her in serious films like TWD.
The biggest plus is that there are no sex-scenes between Joshua and Ayshe. Not even a kiss. It's wonderfully told and therefore a even more believable love story. I think, a sex-scene would have ruined it. Why? Because, when Ayshe first met Joshua, the man from Australia, he is only a kind of enemy for her. It's not her decision, that he can stay in her hotel. Ayshe is a woman of her time. How a woman had to behave in 1919, specially if she is a widow and has a child, is not comparable to today. Not to forget, that both mourn. In addition, Joshua is in search of his sons and not in Istanbul to start a new life. Nevertheless, he is interfering in her life and that doesn't make it easier for her, but at the end, the heart wants what it wants.
Dylan Georgiades as her son Orhan is a joy to watch.
Mostly all actors have deeply emotional scenes. I had always the feeling, that they could be real persons. Specially Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz and Jai Courtney act like professional soldiers, who have experienced all the horrors of war, but now face each other - full of respect - as gentleman. Knowing, that their part ends with the last battle, but for the relatives will the horror probably never end. War has no winners, everyone loses. Truly, a great cast.
But now to "THE EYES". I think, most of you know already, that so far my favorite is Jimmy Braddock. Joshua Connor is not another brother, he is definitely Jimmy B.'s twin. I read, that RC finds it not necessary to like the character he plays, but that he loves Jimmy B. and Joshua C. I believe, that you can see and feel the difference. In both roles is a bit more heart, soul or whatever, that let my heart melt away. Can't describe it better. Found his acting always sensational good and the man very sexy (yes, even the "ugly" predators), but as usual, it's all in his eyes, that makes words sooo unnecessary.
This is not a feel good film. It's heartbreaking and some scenes are really hard to bear, but it has some sweet and funny moments too. For my taste, the last quarter is a bit too fast told. The film is serious, beautiful and I believe, you will smile at the end and I swear, you're already dead, if you haven't cry more than once.
Truly, from the bottom of my heart, this film is a masterpiece. Chapeau, Mr. Crowe.