Release Date: July 8th,2005 (NYC-Quad Cinema) by Lifesize Entertainment.
The Cast: Titus De Voogt, Delfine Bafort, Johan Heldenbergh.
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen.
In Dutch with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Steve (De Voogt) is released from jail and falls in love with Sky (Bafort), a beautiful, yet troubled prostitute.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There is really not much to the plot other than a simple romance between two troubled young people. What makes the film more entertaining, though, is a superb cinematography and fast pacing that adds a jolt of energy. The music is also quite good, especially with one energetic song during a dance. Both De Voogt and Bafort act decently as Steve and Sky; they do have some chemistry, but they don't always show it. Most of the time, they run into trouble that turns into violence. Fortunately, the violence and sex are not too graphic in nature. However, there is still a gritty tone to the film, especially because these characters are on the fringe of society--they are basically low-lifes. There aren't any real surprises here, especially with the predictable ending, but it is still a lively and enjoyable film.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: It is somewhat uplifting that love can survive even in the most difficult situations; even if both individuals have a troubled past. There's not much of an emotional impact to the film, though, especially because the ending is not surprising nor are any of the characters fully developed enough to feel real and human. Nonetheless, the ending is satisfying in its simplicity.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: No surprises within the plot and minimal character development.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
THE BOTTOM LINE: A stylish, energetic film with a simple love story, decent acting and a gritty tone, but its predictable plot does not amount to anything surprising or memorable.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
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