Eternity and a Day
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Eternity and a Day traces the final days of Alexandre, a celebrated Greek writer as he prepares to leave his seaside home forever. While packing, he finds a letter from his long-dead wife, Anna, who wrote about an enchanted summer day they spent thirty years ago. From that point, Alexandre embarks on a mystical journey through his past and present. Realizing that after spending his entire life chasing after the words of poems and novels, Alexandre wants one final chance to capture the lost precious moments of true happiness, even if only for one day.
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,
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