Jul 19, 2008

Just Seen: Total Eclipse


...Which chronicles the relationship between Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud (you know, the French poets...). I've always been slightly obsessed with the fact that Rimbaud was practically this child genius who wrote all his worldchanging poetry by the age of twenty, and then became a merchant and never wrote anything again. So I was quite interested in the subject matter. The film was a 6/10, and is unlikely to appeal to anyone who's not interested in poetry. However, it's absolutely worth seeing, if for no other reason, then at least for the mindblowingly magnificent acting of the two leads (David Thewlis as Verlaine and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rimbaud).

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