Signs and Wonders (2000)

Dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Deborah Kara Unger, etc.
101 minutes

The score reflects the fact that I didn’t understand a lot of it. There are things about the film that would interest some of the idiots; I’d guess Kevin would have the best chance of getting into this.

The film is about a man, Alec (Skarsgard) who cheats on his wife, Marjorie (Rampling) largely because of “signs” he sees in the environment. For example, he may read seeing yellow flowers and the woman he’s having an affair with (Kara Unger) wearing yellow as a sign that he should continue. With this kind of superstitious/mystical notion of decion making, the filmmakers also weave American politics with Greek politics and history. The film mostly takes place in Greece; Marjorie works for the U.S. State Department and Alec is a businessman. This mixture of politics, fate and history is the reason I think Kevin might be interested in the film.

I didn’t care for this film because I had a hard time understanding key moments. For example, why did Marjorie have a fling with Alec just before she was going to marry someone else? Why did Andreas, Marjorie’s new husband fall off the cliff? Like other Greek films I’ve seen, I felt a little lost because I’m unfamilar with the history and politics of that region.

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