Initially I didn't think I'd make it past the 10 minute mark but at ~25 minutes it started to get interesting, (I am so shallow ) - I have to say I started to enjoy the film even after that all to brief interlude with Paz.
My experience was much the same. I thought I might abandon the picture at first only to find myself oddly enjoying it for some reason the longer I let it run. And Ms. De la Huerta's substantial physical charms did lend an unexpected additional touch of visual 'frission' over and above what was already provided by the scenery and Christopher Doyle's cinematography. (Paz...lovely woman...and all grown up too
, I see.)
What can I say? It is what it is. And
bring to it. Which is supposedly (according to its director) what a good part of The Limits of Control
is all about.
BTW, mentioning Paz reminded me of another film (Paz has a supporting role in it) called The Guitar
. It was a 2008 Sundance Festival surprise selection by then freshman director Amy Redford.
The Guitar is an unusual "coming of age" movie. Melody Wilder (played by the equally lovely Saffron Burrows) is a woman who finishes up a day where everything in her life goes completely wrong by learning that the annoying tiredness and cough she's been suffering with for some time is far more serious than originally thought. Diagnosed with a particularly aggressive and nasty form of cancer, she is informed she now has, at best, only a few more months to live. How she deals with the reality of her short and utterly unsatisfying life - and her impending demise - is what this story is about...
This may seem to be a rather contrived 'art house' premise. And it is
since it's basically a riff on that old drinking question of what you
would do if you discovered you only had a year left to live. But it somehow all works without feeling clichéd
in the context of this nicely made movie which was shot on a very small budget in only 21 days.
Though it may sound hard to believe from the above, this film actually is
a genuine "feel good" movie.
Recommended. Note: Contains some very adult themes and (brief) moments. Viewer discretion is advised.