Jul 18, 2010

Beautiful, 2009

Beautiful, 2009
Director: Dean O'Flaherty
Cast: Michelle Chin, Debora - Lee Furness, Sebastian Gregory

Stage: Home Theatre

Beautiful in short: After another teenager disappears from the idyllic suburb of Sunshine Hills, Suzy, the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel, a fourteen-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the truth.

Preps: This one is recommended by a person, that I give something about the opinion in the movies. I need to see it then.

Reality: Inspiring and actually, beautiful, to be a bit cheesy at the beginning. One of those that make my mind drift away in another sphere, when watching it, making me rewind a bit after a while, because I was thinking of something completely else. Like the lovely scenes in American Beauty (the circling leaves, on the street) that made me look at the photography a bit more in that movie, this movie does the same for me with some exquisite scenes with the bugs on the leaves, animals on the ground, zoomed details of the furniture, etc.

However, this movie also has a story to follow, at least two parallel worlds. In the first, the discovery of the murderer or the kidnapper. On the second layer, the personal life of this lost boy and mystery revolving around his parents. On the third level, growing up and being curious about the world, in somehow weird way. In every aspect, this movie somehow reminds me of the American Beauty, even though it doesn't have a physical connection (in terms of director, producer, etc).

I would say that one of the main messages of this would be that youth makes you do crazy things and that there might be some of them worth not doing, because they will go on with you for the rest of your life. Like killing, or stalking someone. I think you will gain some sparkle when seeing this.

The brilliant start of the movie: Lucy speaking
When people visit Sunshine Hills, they comment on the beauty, and the serenity. What they don't talk about, is the real theater resides in our minds. I recall the exact moment that our fear was born. It started when the teenage girls in our neighborhood were being abducted. And number 46 - the *bad* house, with an equally dubious history of rape, and murder - very few tenants.

My personal rating: 6,0 (some ideas will inspire your mind and you can be intrigued by the photography, in some scenes absolutely brilliant)

Beautiful on IMDB

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