Thursday, February 16, 2012

Must-See Flick

The first thing you need to know about 'Til Human Voices Wake Us, a recent favorite movie I'm about to gush on is that there are two versions: the original Australian version, more a romantic drama and slower in pace, and the International/American release, which is a ghosty-thriller version of a romantic drama.

Guy Pierce (of Memento awesomeness) plays Dr. Sam Franks, a psychologist who must return to his rural Australian hometown and bury his father. While there, he faces the one haunting memory from his past he has suppressed, the untimely death of his first teen-aged love, for which he feels responsible. Along his painful journey, he meets a young amnesiac woman named Ruby (Helena Bonham Carter) whose personality begins to parallel that of his young love. Much of the story is told in flashback where we see two amazingly talented young actors with an emotional connection that surpasses the two elder actors. At times, I didn't want to return to the present day, but without both pieces, the story could not have resonnated on so many levels. Sam Franks is also an unreliable narrator-which you know I have a special affinity for-because we are experiencing the story through his suppressed memories. The movie is quiet and haunting and beautiful and poigniant and I can't recommend it enough. If you see it, do come back and tell me what you thought.

If you love trailers like I do, here ya go...

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Charles Gramlich said...

I'm looking for something different in movies. Maybe this will be it. I'll keep my eyes open

L.A. Mitchell said...

@Charles...definitely different, if only because Helena Bonham Carter doesn't play a whacked-out British hag in this

Sherry Isaac said...

La La, you had me at ghostly. And Helena? Well, I'm there, so totally there.
What a beautiful, mystical, tender trailer. I'd never heard of this movie, so so so glad you shared it. Must see. Thanks.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I am so in love with Bonham. This is definitely a must see. Watching the preview, I couldn't help but think of another film. Nicholas Roeg's "Don't Look Now." I am sure Roeg's is a darker film, but there is still a shared ethereal quality.

L.A. Mitchell said... would love it :)

@Stewart...I would never have guessed *she* would be a celebrity crush of yours. I'm off to check out your recommendation, too. Thanks!