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Plot: An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart, as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 21 Oct 2016
This is not a film about the 60s. Explanation..Do not read if you have not seen the film. (by carlossneider-74-985506)
One of the best screenplays ever! However moviegoers have mistaken this incredible film about incest, for a period film. With out explanation the daughter Merry Levov stutters. After their camping trip the daughter asks her father to be kissed like her mother, but the Swede instead of calmly explaining that fathers don't kiss their daughters like that, he screams and even demands her to raise her dress. After the bombing of thePost Office, he meets a girl Rita Cohen , of his daughter age, and they even look a like, and they meet at a hotel room were he gives her money and he ignores her <more>
blunt sexual invitation, but this is only his way of justifying the rape if his daughter, because when he finds his daughter some time after the hotel scene, she flatly denies knowing any Rita Cohen ,again he is justifying the rapping, because she is "asking for it". The mother, Jennifer Connelly, ends up crazy because of guilt, and even blames Ewan Mcgregor for all their problems. The reason for the therapist, to keep Merry in her house after the bombing is not to hide a fugitive, but to distant her from her rapist father. At the end she comes out of hiding, only when her father dies, and can not harm her any more. Best screenplay ever.
Had no idea McGregor is directing movies! Definitely, the subject of the movie isn't an easy one to direct, but I think he did a great job in portraying the atmosphere of those times... Was extremely surprised by the end of the movie... as i believed too that he was wrong hoping... Thumbs up! Id' like to see more works by McGregor!
About traps on way to be good father and husband (by zieg-97-669628)
I have seen in many ways better films. But this story has surprised me in shocking way. I feel like naked, because this could happen to me and before seeing this movie I did not know this. How unbelievably easy is to be blind and not to be aware of it in time. How difficult is to see thinks which are so different from what we are use to see.
A radically ordinary story of American Dream's shadow side (by kaptenvideo-89875)
American Dream that has gone wrong. Picture perfect couple Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly has a troubled child. At first the girl has a stuttering problem but growing up and reaching puberty, there is no denying that she wants to be nothing like them. And then it gets much worse...Don't worry, it's not a horror movie or thriller although the summary may hint at that. To put it really shortly, it's a family drama.Also starring Dakota Fanning the daughter as adult , Molly Parker as her psychotherapist , Uzo Aduba Crazy Eyes from "Orange Is the New Black"! , Valorie <more>
Curry, Peter Riegert, David Strathairn. There are a lot of good actors movie although McGregor's character is firmly in the center of it all.This is gonna be the kindest review of "American Pastoral" you will probably read. Critics seem to hate it and viewers will likely stay indifferent, or not praise it highly. But me – I'm loving it! To really understand what Ewan McGregor's directorial debut* is all about, you must be interested in watching and deciphering it as a parable, or simple story which includes a hidden moral or spiritual lesson.On more superficial level, "American Pastoral" can be watched just as a family drama set in 1950-60's USA. This way, it's a functional if uneasy viewing which makes you fathom something bigger lurking somewhere around the corner but not quite appreciate it fully.On deeper level it's about how difficult it really is to be flexible to the world and life around us. It's very human to long for freedom and try to place everything in boxes at the same time.The deeper meaning here can unfold by relying on several different frameworks – psychoanalytical, just intellectual or spiritual / symbolic. The viewer's personal approach will, of course, be highly dependent on one's general world view, be it esoteric or rational all things are ultimately explainable by science and reason , or somewhere in between. I say "American Pastoral" is most enjoyable from spiritual viewpoint. Actions and the behaviour of the characters make the most sense and seems most understandable and human, if one concentrates on WHY we do things we do. If one only view causal relationships – he/she did it because of the past event x or y – the whole story loses a lot of its colours and shades.The real magic here is how Ewan McGregor, with the help of all his cast and crew, has managed to make the movie work on every level you choose to see it. One may not particularly enjoy approaching "American Pastoral" just rationally as many critics have done. But the movie still has a strong sure sense of style, both in visuals and storytelling. This also works on two levels. Some see the movie as comical and theatrical, and characters as caricatures. At the same time, all this can convey so much emotion and sharp little observations about everyday life and relationships, that one can't help but be delighted during at least some moments. Just like reading a good spiritual book. I liked all the actors and Ewan McGregor is my long-time favorite. But especially powerful are Dakota Fanning and Valorie Curry, both evil and innocent at the same time.It's not often that movie manages to talk to me so directly and arouse emotions so strong as "American Pastoral" did. This is one of my big favorites from 2016 so far. It may surprise that McGregor has such a sure hand as a first-time director of a complex movie. But he has always been versatile and has starred in similarly dark and complex movie already, 2003's forgotten little gem "Young Adam".What DOES surprise is the fact that McGregor was not the original director and the man behind all this. As a director, he stepped in at the last minute after Philip Noyce left the production!I have planned on reading the works of Philip Roth for over ten years or so. Still haven't done it somehow. After seeing "Pastoral", I want to do it even more.* I know, McGregor has also co-directed 1999's "Tube Tales" but he only had a segment in anthology movie. "American Pastoral" can be still called his real debut as a movie director.
Clearly shows how anti-society through ignorance is a very dangerous ideology (by alexpetra)
This movie is great at showing us how anti-society thinking is a dangerous ideology to take upon especially when done in an ignorant way. The character in the film is anti-war, police and societal structure but doesn't offer and scientific approach to combat the situation. They are behaving in a rebellious way and do not feel the need to help make a better society, even though the society offers her safety and health and the same for her potential dependents.Instead she takes on a new ideology and existence in where she strives to not have any influence on society, by sharing her ideas. <more>
She even takes a biological approach to this influence, not wanting to poison the environment with her breath and refuses to wash so as not to pollute the water.Knowledge is power and this movie clearly illustrates that, leading the ignorant achiever to complete self-destruction through their own determination.Great movie!
A complex novel successfully brought to the screen- contains spoilers in comparing to novel (by fbarrie)
Perhaps the prime question for me was to see how the film would depict the intense seduction scene played out by pre-teen Merry & the Swede Levov. In the novel, this Freudian nightmare was strongly tied to the sea with half naked father and daughter and it was a bit of a surprise to see it take please inside a pickup truck. More Lolita like than I had imagined. In the novel, Swede Levov was a bigger part of the moral/social taboo with his physical closeness to Merry while playing in the waves. Still VERY effective and riveting on screen as depicted. The Swede's stuttering in <more>
responding "Nnnnnnnnn No" was so chilling especially to a viewer who knew the consequences of this response from having read the novel. I was keenly waiting to see how the movie makers would end the story. The film, in a way that made sense for the screen and a wide viewing audience, concludes with the graveside burial of Swede Levov but the novel's more shocking conclusion still reverberates in my mind. Yet, in summary: a complex story successfully brought to the screen.
'I was never more wrong about anyone in my life.' (by gradyharp)
'I was never more wrong about anyone in my life.'Philip Roth's superb book has passages of language that crystallizes our thinking, our memories, our association with life. In this cinematic transformation the words are placed in the utterances by Nathan Zuckerman, sort of an Everyman as he states in the opening of the film – 'Let's remember the energy. America had won the war. The depression was over. Sacrifice was over. The upsurge of life was contagious. We celebrated a moment of collective inebriation that we would never know again. Nothing like it in all the years <more>
that followed from our childhood until tonight, the 45th reunion of our high school class 30 or 40, a gathering of my old classmates would have been exactly the kind of thing I'd have kept my nose out of. But at 62, I found myself drawn to it as if in the crowd of half-remembered faces I'd be closer to the mystery at the heart of things, a magic trick that turned time past into time present'. John Romano adapted Roth's novel American PASTORAL for the screen. Ethan McGregor directs. We all reflect on a time that somehow, though placed in the 1960's resistance against the Vietnam War, is terrifyingly familiar with the mood of the nation at present, again at resistance rallies – and that is the reason it works so well.Seymour 'Swede' Levov Ewan McGregor was from the Jewish community and is an All- American sports star in high school. He had everything an American idol can dream of - a the tall muscular young man and high school star athlete but he married a Catholic beauty queen named Dawn Jennifer Connelly against his father's Peter Riegert advice. Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him? The couple's stuttering daughter Merry Hannah Nordberg then Dakota Fanning is their pride and joy until she steps into the 1960s and becomes an antiwar activist, responsible for bombing a little station, killing the owner in what is a senseless and horrifying change in life direction. Merry leaves home and the rest of the film is a father's search for peace with his distraught wife and community while he ceaselessly searches for his renegade daughter. A difficult film to watch, just as the book was challenging to read. But somehow the mirror it holds up to society as we are currently living it makes the disturbing experience all the more poignant.
Powerful and moving American tragedy (by phd_travel)
Highly recommend this very well made and acted tragedy from Philip Roth's novel. A non Jewish looking star athlete Ewan Macgregor marries a beautiful non Jewish beauty queen Jennifer Connelly . They should have the American Jewish dream come true happy life but their daughter Dakota Fanning grows up a radical in the 60s and their dream turns into a nightmare. The second Philip Roth novel on screen this year after the excellent Indignation. It's beautifully filmed has many powerful tragic scenes and the acting is top notch by all. Ewan after a strange young makeup scene is good, <more>
restrained enough to make the powerful moments more meaningful. Jennifer looks slim and beautiful and as she has in the past is good at acting sad - she has a well acted scene in the hospital. Wish she would act more - she is a stunning beauty still and a terrific actress. Dakota acts the hateful rebellious teen well. She is suited for it though the stuttering is a bit overdone. The hateful accomplice from the Following is just as despicable.Ewan does a fine job directing - I didn't even think of it as a famous actor directing.The story does effectively show parent's pain and it's still relevant today with radicals out there. Liked the jabs at therapists and the wrong assumptions of the radicals.It's so great that good dramas are making their way to the big screen again.
Very dark, very real, very tragic, very powerful story (by latinfineart)
I guess I liked this movie more than most, based on the ratings. I think it may have been a bit too real, too tragic, too literal for most. Very well written, of course, being based on such a classic novel. Really great performances. Mcgregor, Connelly, Riegert, Fanning, and the always great Strathairn. Great direction, gorgeous production, editing, and sound. This was a very tight production. It was completely believable, in it's Shakespearean level of tragedy. The story follows Seymour "Swede" Levov Ewan McGregor , the pride of the Jewish-American community in Newark which <more>
nicknamed him "Swede" because of his Nordic good looks . By the looks of it the Swede seemed to have it all! He was a star high school athlete really, a hero and a legend in his hometown , he married the catholic Dawn Jennifer Connelly , a beauty queen, he took over his father's thriving glove business , he had a house with a nice spread, he and his wife had a loving, beautiful daughter to care for. What could go wrong? Everything. At the 45th high school reunion of Swede's younger brother, Jerry retells Swede's story to an old classmate, Nathan Zuckerman David Strathairn , a journalist who was overseas during the 1960s. He tells him how Swede's life became difficult after high school - and went downhill from there. Swede had to struggle to get his very traditional father Peter Riegert to accept the Catholicism of his wife, Dawn, he struggled to keep his business viable in the face of declining customer demand and being at the epicenter of the 1967 Newark race riots , and he struggled mightily with his daughter, Merry, who dealt with a bad stutter, which clearly affected her confidence and self-esteem besides the "problem" of having such a beautiful mother, as pointed out by Merry's psychologist, Sheila Molly Parker . But Merry's problems and her parents' problems with Merry had just begun. As she grew up, Merry became disillusioned with the world which she saw on TV as seemingly coming apart. She strongly sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement especially its more radical elements and the Vietnam anti-war movement especially its more radical elements as well . She went from spewing hatred at President Johnson's image on the family's TV set to regularly taking the train into New York to commiserate with like-minded radicals. She rudely rebelled against all authority figures including her own loving parents and started talking openly about the need for a revolution in the U.S. One day, a local post office exploded, killing one man, and Merry disappeared. Her anguished parents insisted that Merry couldn't have done such a thing unless she was brainwashed and forced by others. The first half of the film is exceptionally well done and captures the essence of why the second half feels like a total loss of everything Swede thought he had. It is refreshing to see the film explore the relationship between father and daughter. The Rita Cohen Valorie Curry character, was a bit bizarre, as a shrink. Swede's determination and unconditional love for his daughter was true to life, and it was quite depressing to see what those admirable qualities did to his previously promising life. As a director McGregor captures the era, the times, the setting, and the difficulties of raising a child. This is a very somber film. It could have been better. But, it made some good points. It made me very grateful that I decided not to have children. Most just assume peaches and cream. Not so this time around!