Interesting prior comments. Sorry I'm a bit late but have been focused on iCMFF2. Anyway, just watched this tonight and found it fairly enjoyable and interesting. I agree it's an well-constructed character study with that 'you don't really know someone you think you kinda know' thing going on through the film. Funny thing is, unlike prior posts, I thought the drunken painter's rant over the top and didn't anticipate the ah ha moment at the end. So clearly mileage will vary.
I did rather enjoy the dark, noirish tone throughout the piece. Felt it helped with the mood. I also thought that unlike Hollywood films from the period, this one dealt with more mature themes, granted, they were still restrained, but at no point are we unclear that these are adult characters with adult lives and adult problems.
The performances were solid. Maybe the set design was a bit heavy, but otherwise things just fit and nothing screamed for my attention other the unfolding story. And while the central character - the one the neighbors are only trying to get to know when it's too late - has layers, the other characters - those that affected her life in some way - seemed a bit flat to me. I liked the use of flashback to show the characters' joint experiences, but other than drunken painter, hasbeen Lothario, steady military officer, friend recently returned from working for the Germans (during WWII), and kindly roommate, we don't really get to know these other characters and what really made them tick; we only see how they affected the subject of the character study.
Overall, quite well made and a great choice for FotW!
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