- Stanground College
- Review Date
- 18 March, 2015
In the City of Sylvia:
José Luis Guerín is a famous French film maker who mainly revolves around thoughtful and insightful work in his films. The film is based on Guerín’s real life experiences which were proposed very naturally and simply, not like any other movie I’ve ever seen as it is very unique. I believe that the characters played their roles well. Most people say the movie is enigmatic but I think that it is more emotional, expressing this through an outburst of sight, sound and feeling. This film was hard to write a review on and to me it was a challenge; well… it wasn’t exactly your average action-packed, thriller! I believed that the movie progressed as it went on and that José has created an idolizing, poetic movie with a sweet essence of a realistic romance story. This shows us the typical reality and complexity of human feelings. I certainly also have to acknowledge José for the fantastic music and the superbly shot scenes.
At first I thought that the main character in this movie (played by Xavier Lafitte) was a peculiar stalker, tracing women and following them but then I got to understand the story and the real purpose of this. Xavier’s character seeks for a woman he fell deeply in love with six years ago. This results in him roaming the streets and cafes with only a rough sketch to identify her. He comes across many women who he draws to compare the two. After searching he believes to have found the woman he met and instantly follows her however when she declares she doesn’t know who he is he is struck with sadness and devastation. Despite this movie having a sad ending, it leaves behind a truthful message about love and heartbreaks.
Overall, In the City of Sylvia is a timeless masterpiece! I enjoyed this movie however I would recommend reading the book first as the film is very emotionless and mostly silent. This is because the storyline can be misinterpreted or can puzzle some. Despite this it is a fabulous film and would recommend this to people my age and older.