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Almayer's Folly (2012)



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The first narrative feature in seven years by the great Chantal Akerman is this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel, which concerned a Dutch trader living in Malaysia. Transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s, Akerman has brought the history of an extra half-century of colonialism and foreign intervention to bear on Conrad's tale, a story of cultural conflict, desire, and despair. Having married the adopted Malay daughter of the wealthy Captain Lingard inorder to obtain an inheritance that has failed to materialize, Almayer has become isolated and bitter, trapped in his remote trading post, and investing all his emotional energy in his own beloved daughter, Nina. But, haunted byfeelings of racial and cultural alienation and harboring hatred towards her father, Nina has no intention of providing him with comfort or companionship. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Joseph Conrad
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Shellac Distribution


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
New York Times
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Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Time Out
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One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Village Voice
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There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little.

Full Review… | July 18, 2012
L.A. Weekly
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After a powerful opening scene and reasonably strong first act, the pic slowly leaks air.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Top Critic

Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015

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