True (2004) – Tom Tykwer


Every single frame fits the big picture. Every gesture says more than a hundred words. Every word is like a poem. I can hardly wait to see it again. Being a fan of details, I was in heaven during True. Natalie Portman looked better than ever. She smokes and screams (with and without reason). She seems to wear more different clothes than in Star Wars – Episode I. This little movie might be for her what ‘All You Need Is Love’ was for The Beatles. There are countless movies about love, but this one is certainly the purest of them all. It’s difficult to describe these ten minutes without spoiling the film. And it’s difficult to describe them without writing pages and pages full of little impressions. Also, I’m sure it will grow with further watching. But even now I dare to say that True was the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the movie >

Plot: The phone rings, startling Tomas, who is seated in front of the computer. He feels for the telephone receiver. Tomas is blind. His girlfriend, Francine, tells him that it’s all over and she’s leaving him. The phone drops back onto the hook. Tomas’ mind races back in a dizzying flurry of images to the moment they both met, to the couple’s most intimate moments together and to the tiny careless mistakes that eventually lead to the end of their relationship. But Thomas gets another chance.


The blind student is played by Melchior Beslon. I love him as a person and I adore his acting abilities. Although it strikes us as unlikely that someone so handicapped could dash so fast through the streets of Paris, Beslon is genuinely blind in real life. His gestures and voice are compelling, and have a sensitivity that helps us empathize with his condition. Natalie Portman, well known from Léon and the recent Star Wars movies, serves as a perfect foil for Beslon. Like Run Lola Run, the film is a kinetic riff on the theme of destiny, and misunderstandings in love. The best part of True is a glorious cadenza of accelerated images, as the student recalls the relationship he has had with his girl friend. In less than three minutes of screen time, novelty becomes routine, ecstasy becomes boredom, rifts and solitude appear inevitable – until the final twist, which turns the joke on the audience. Once again – and with obvious pleasure – Tykwer has created a couple who race in tune with life, challenging their karma at every turn.

~ by Ayan on April 11, 2009.

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