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Post by AdeBrown » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:43 am

A film of two halves, neither of them all that pleasing.
As the jealous older child, Joshua is a bit too precocious a child prodigy. This could have been much scarier with a normal child.
Besides the fact that they told us they loved each other, I dunno why the parents were together. And how they ended up with a brainy kid. I usually like Sam Rockwell, but he seemed a bit Carrey Lite in this.
Once Joshua's evil plot is expossed it becomes like "what if Michael Keaton in Pacific Heights was their son?"
And "it's a text book case of child abuse" made me laugh in it's lack of basis in the real world (lest we forget, Daddy has video evidence !") The ending was remeniscent of an old school film like Entertaining Mr Sloane or Harold and Maude. Beats Shrooms for current last place in my list - on account of Shrooms not really taking itself this seriously.
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Post by jonbly » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:44 pm

Pretty good - it managed to stay ambiguous for long enough to have various alternative explanations start to float around, which is fun.

On the down side, the end doesn't really work - having pretty much explained the situation to his uncle, one can't really see their relationship working out. And he should be smart enough to know that... the motivations needed to be explained to the audience, not the uncle.


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Post by Muffy St. John » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:37 am

Thought this film was OK, I particularly liked the fact that at the end, I couldn't say I was 100% sure that Joshua was actually evil, or if it was all just made to look that way. Anyone else feel that way?

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Post by zoltan » Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:29 am

I had hoped for something a little more to happen , but having said that this was so subtle and ambigous it made a refreshing change from the norm.

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Post by Laymonite » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:15 pm

Better than I thought it would be, but I would have liked a proper ending. It just felt like it needed more.

I loved the scenes when the dad and Joshua are alone in the flat (and the baby too) and the dad knows what Joshua's been up to.

Does anyone reckon the dad had been beating Joshua? I don't.
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Post by Jekyll » Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:34 pm

couldn't get on with this at all found it way too long and dull

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Post by lupogirl » Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:12 pm

Rather enjoyed this one. The boy Joshua I found rather unsettling almost like the brother of Damian! True about the points about Joshua about if he was evil or not. Liked the ambiguity. One that keeps you thinking.....
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Post by iam_dan » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:55 am

had a very odd feel to it...did make me think...mmmmmm...things are never quite what they seem and the scene in the park did creap me out alittle and yes the kid was played perfectly..enjoyd it

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Post by DavieT » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:51 am

Enjoyed this one - a bit slow moving but subtly done. A very creepy little kid, all that lets give teddy and the guinea pig a good passage to the afterlife ala the Egyptians - watch out Uncle Ned.

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Post by maxmum » Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:58 am

lupogirl wrote:Rather enjoyed this one. The boy Joshua I found rather unsettling almost like the brother of Damian! True about the points about Joshua about if he was evil or not. Liked the ambiguity. One that keeps you thinking.....
I agree

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Post by thesavageintruder » Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:42 pm

Really liked this a lot, an intelligent and subtle take on the "evil kid" genre. Richard Donner once said that he always conceived THE OMEN with the possibility that Damien might not actually be evil, that all the deaths were a mere coincidence that fed into the paranoia of the leading characters. This played on similar notions and left us in doubt as to whether the true problem was Joshua himself or his somewhat unhinged parents. Great performances and a nice line in black humour.

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Post by Reanimator » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:47 pm

Was really surprised by this - one of the best of the festival - a strong story which keeps you guessing and superb performances by the two main characters of Joshua and his father

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Post by soulmining » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:10 pm

It was certainly a bit different, but I wasn't keen on this... never quite gelled for me.
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Post by rawshark » Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:25 pm

It was allright, but, dare i say it, a tad boring...

Had a few logic flaws in the story also, but it did finish on a high (low) note...

Probably put me off having kids for life...
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Post by scrobble » Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:27 pm

I enjoyed this a lot while watching, although it didn't really stay with me afterwards for long. I thought Sam Rockwell's character was very good as the father who slowly realises what's going on, and the grandmother who got Joshua to 'find God' was perfectly drawn.

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