Almayer's Folly
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Almayer's Folly
The first narrative feature in seven years by the great Chantal Akerman is this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel, which concerned a Dutch trader living in Malaysia. Transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s, Akerman has brought the history of an extra half-century of colonialism and foreign intervention to bear on Conrad's tale, a story of cultural conflict, desire, and despair. Having married the adopted Malay daughter of the wealthy Captain Lingard inorder to obtain an inheritance that has failed to materialize, Almayer has become isolated and bitter, trapped in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little."
‑ Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly
"Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ..."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Greeted with lackluster early reviews on the festival circuit, Almayer's Folly does not bowl one over but that might partly be because its unsung, borderless subject is malaise, and its transmission."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"A work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, House Next Door
"One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ..."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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