Eternity and a Day
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Theo Angelopoulos (Reconstruction) directed this 1998 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner about a famed author nearing the end of his life. Alexander (Bruno Ganz) lives in his old seaside family home near Thessaloniki, but his daughter and son-in-law plan to sell the house, slightly damaged by an earthquake. Seriously ill, Alexander thinks if he checks himself into the hospital, he'll never check out. Awash in nostalgia, he recalls his late wife, Anna (Isabelle Renauld), seen in flashback, and he lets his daughter read a letter her mother had written to him right after her birth.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I was moved and captivated throughout its 132 minutes."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Angelopoulos' meditation on the meaning of one man's life is genuinely hypnotic in its way of transcending ordinary narrative."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Thought poets were a dying species, did you?"
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It has a great deal of somber beauty to recommend it."
‑ David Sterritt, Film Scouts
"Makes a somber redemption song out of melancholy and infinite sadness, one whose eloquence transcends its stark Andrei Tarkovskyian dankness and somnambulism."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"Its long, fluid takes escort us through space and time, to universal themes and broader topicalities, effortlessly fending off charges of hermetic aestheticism."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Angelopoulos has created another masterpiece, one that recalls such classics as Bergman's Wild Strawberries and Kurosawa's Ikiru."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Precisely controlled and confidently poetic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The quiet, hypnotic intensity of the cinematic journey one experiences in Eternity and a Day is a rare and lasting pleasure."
‑ John Mount, Sight and Sound
"Consider giving this worthy anachronism a couple of hours of your time. If you can tune into its somber, hypnotic wavelength, you may be surprised at the raw emotional impact it delivers in key scenes, and at its ability to provoke your imagination."
‑ Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
"What had been a realistic work, lyric but realistic, slides into ostentatious symbolism."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A gorgeous elegy of a film."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Why put up with so much that seems insufferable? Because at the end of Eternity and a Day, Angelopoulos somehow translates a character from the world of dreams to the world of reality instantaneously, before your eyes."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Invites and encourages us to reap the blessings of true connection with others."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Overall, Angelopoulos' film gives the viewer a sense of the infinite ... even if its languid artiness occasionally lulls you to sleep."
‑ Edward Crouse, Reel.com
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