It's a damn impressive trick to build a film around narrative frustration and not cause your audience to run out screaming.
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Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality.
Problematically structured, overly protracted and lacking in narrative fluidity.
Writer-director Gianni Amelio masterfully chronicles the ways two people can betray each other, and especially themselves, in the name of love.
A ponderously slow experience.
Longwinded, slow-starting but moving film.
Wears its art, as well as its heart, on its sleeve -- so much so that I feel guilty for not liking it more.
The film, beautifully shot in widescreen by Luca Bigazzi, is surprisingly accessible and always engaging, if ultimately tragic.
The sweeping, confounding conclusion therefore unfolds with a beauty and an ease that seem truly organic. The Way We Laughed has that feeling of being a work of art.
This is a film precisely constructed, brilliantly imagined.