A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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ALL THE REAL GIRLS
2003 - David Gordon Green - United States
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David Gordon Green's second film, All the Real Girls, is a wonderfully simple and poetic work of art. I love how this film makes me feel, and what it represents, emotionally and artistically. Much like Green's brilliant debut film, George Washington, All The Real Girls is reminiscent of the breathtaking films of the great Terrence Malick at least on the level of the dreamlike feeling it evokes. The viewer is quietly absorbed in the lives and atmosphere of these truly fascinating characters. The film is a quiet, dreamlike examination of the human souls emotional happiness and sadness that go with falling in love. It's a poetic and honest film that avoids many screenwriting clichés that tend to follow similar films. All the Real Girls never cheats either the audience or it's characters, and ultimately never cheats the true emotions and feeling of falling in love. The performances are tremendous, particularly by Zooey Deschanel, who's completely charming and lovable! All The Real Girls is a film that cherishes both life and cinema. Absolutely a rare and deeply honest film of youth, love, and human nature from a gifted filmmaker. Like the influences of the 1970s (Walkabout, The Last Picture Show, and Malick's Days of Heaven or Badlands) Green captures emotions and feelings through atmosphere and mood more so then plot. There's such a timeless and placeless quality within his films. From the wonderful song over the opening credits to the first word of dialogue ("I'm looking at that rusty bucket over there, and I'm thinking, I like you. I like you because I can say what's on my mind."), All the way through the breathtaking final shot and into the song over the closing credits, All the Real Girls is an incredibly absorbing and unforgettable experience. David Gordon Green is the poetic master of his generation. A filmmaker that redefines the boundaries of cinema with artistic work of feeling and of sensitive human emotions, and of compassion, and of friendship, and of love, and of humor, and of hope. All is beautiful and equal in the cinematic world of Green's films. It's really difficult to describe how brilliant I believe this film is, but I know that anything I have or will say does not do it any justice. It leaves me breathless with joy and hope. To me, All The Real Girls is perfect in every sense of the word. I deeply love this film and rate it among my very favorite ever made! "You have my heart…"
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