Friday, January 24 2014, 07:39 AM MST
Sundance 2014: The Girl from Nagasaki
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Michel Comte
Starring: Mariko Wordell, Edoardo Ponti, Christopher Lee, Michael Wincott, Michael Nyqvist, Polina Semionova
Category: New Frontier Film
Recommended To: Fans of visually opulent
Synopsis: Puccini’s Madame Butterfly told through a combination of opera, ballet, video art, performance art and traditional film narrative.
Review: Fashion photographer Michael Comte’s feature film debut is a experimental combination of ballet opera traditional narrative and performance art. Unfortunately, despite being a retelling of the classic tale of Madame Butterfly, the narrative often feels secondary to the visual aspects of the film and at times that makes the watching of the film to be a bit tiresome. It's all very beautiful and horrific at the same time but it has no real emotional foundation from which an audience member can involve themselves. If as much care had been given to the story and the supporting actors’ performances as was given to the visual aspects of the production the film could've been something wonderful. As it is The Girl from Nagasaki is an interesting piece of avant-garde art that will likely appeal to only art-house fanatics.
-Ryan Michael Painter