Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|That Beautiful Somewhere|
Actors: Roy Dupuis, Gordon Tootoosis, Jane McGregor
Director: Robert Budreau
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sometimes the finest hour is the last one
Austenparker | Well, where are YOU? | 09/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(Ok, that's actually a quote from Terry Pratchett, but it's apt.)
For anyone looking for one of those edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting-excitement suspense/mystery blockbusters, this won't be your cup of tea. It is paced slowly, contemplatively, so that the viewer can absorb of the implications of the story as the drama unfolds. It's a murder mystery, yes, but it goes where few in this genre are willing to go - to search out the very marrow of death and its significance.
Roy Dupuis delivers a characteristically excellent and nuanced performance as a detective, struggling with his own demons whilst attempting to solve a 150-year-old murder. Jane McGregor is adequate in her role as the archaeologist brought on to the case who has a secret of her own.
It's a thoughtful, careful movie, beautifully filmed. Particularly gratifying is the use of doubling (ok, this isn't a technical term, but then, I'm not a film scholar, just an enthusiast). Robert Budreau excellently parallels the personal struggles of his protagonists by seamlessly shifting the story lines with visual cues.
The only flaw I found was that the soundtrack was at times overwrought, overpowering the performance of the actors. A good soundtrack should underscore, not overwhelm, the action on screen.
Overall, a very good, intellectually-stimulating film with the perfect amount of dramatic tension to keep story line flowing."
Different and Beautiful
Ann L. Hamil | Redding, Ca. USA | 10/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this film by accident and had no reviews or synopsis to tell me what this film whas about. All i knew was that roy Dupuis was the lead actor and since I had enjoyed his work on La Femme Nikita I decided to take a chance.
Unlike Dupuis stoic charactor " Michael " on LFN, in this film his role of Dect. Conk Adams willingly expresses his emotions.
Hereis a story of two fragile people drawn together on a murder case that soon becomes something else entirely and they become close. Not really lovers but more than friends and share an emotional bond.
The ending came as a total surprise, so simple it should have been expected but you are so involved in what is happening you don't even think of what is to come until it happens.
There is no real " Happy Ever After " here only a bittersweet release. Dupuis gives an excellent performance and this film is truely deserving of a look."
Scenery Beautiful, Roy Shines, The Rest a Yawn!
BluesgrassGRL | Nashville TN , USA | 10/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film by Robert Budreau had tremendous opportunity and with Roy Dupuis and Gordon Tootoosis, it should have been a Genie contender hands down. Unfortunately, the pace of the movie was slow and the plot was disjointed. I didn't hate it, but I was disappointed. I think Roy can always sell a character but the chemistry didn't seem to be there with Jane. I thought about it for a while afterward and instead of a romantic chemistry, it seemed to be more of a "parental" type interest and concern. Which is okay considering the story being told about the bog. I felt that Jane's character was supposed to be likeable and you are supposed to identify with her, but I just didn't feel it. Again, it may just be because the story seemed to be missing vital parts. I think if you are a Roy Dupuis fan you should check it out, but be prepared that it is not "The Rocket" or "Memoire Affective." It is a nice character study with Roy playing the lead and it might have been even better if it had just been him... Just my opinion and we all have one! :)"
Hydeh Aubon | 12/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Watching this movie is like reading a spiritual book, momentarily encountering a different realm, that beautiful somewhere.
This movie, in its own way, opens a door to what a challenge's message might be. It demonstrates the courage it invites you to go to that somewhere and the bravery that is inevitable and yet optional.
The acting is good and when in the special features you see Roy Dupuis and listen to him,you know right away that he was so right for this role.
The only flaw was the director's lack of education on migraine or most illnesses for that matter. Fast running makes migraine pain worse , so does listening to loud music with headphones while running.
This movie might seem sad and slow but in the end it is uplifting, it has a beautiful message and if you feel it, it touches you and it takes you to that beautiful somewhere."