Guinevere (1999) - Drama, Romance

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A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.

Director: Audrey Wells
Stars: Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 62 found boring (20.96%)

One-line Reviews (38)

Guinevere is the story of a young girl coming of age in an disfunctional upper-middle class family.

I liked it, although I can see why some reviewers felt it was disturbing, offensive, and pretentious.

Fascinating story with a few flaws .

Some people enjoyed it as a character study while others think it's a ridiculous movie .

Plot and dialog aside, this film is worth watching for the performances alone!

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

Well, some individual scenes may be neatly written and executed, but the plot is extraordinarily dull because it's so familiar.

Polley and Rea make intriguing partners in what develops into a subtle power game, even if the conception of Rea tends a bit too much toward conventional self-possessed charismatic distance.

None of the flaws were fatal, but the pace was slow and the plot implausible in parts.

Realistic in the way that the only way an older man could get a young girl to satisfy him and support his unemployment is through intense, cruel manipulation of a hopeless wanderer with the self-esteem of a gnat.

The manipulations were trite and unoriginal, and the idea of the older man being a mentor to a young girl in spite of age and personal problems was fairly unbelievable in this instance.

Connor actually listens to what she says and offers her escape into an exciting bohemian lifestyle.

I wouldn't say it's the best film and wouldn't make my top ten, but it was enjoyable.

The actors all give enjoyable and appropriate performances.

If this engaging, well-crafted, unpretentious film has a weakness, I would point to the denouement, which is reminiscent of Fellini's "8 1/2" by reassembling all of Connie's former loves to bid him an upbeat farewell when he is diagnosed with a fatal illness.

Wells' forte seems to be characters in search of romance who find it in unexpected places.

What originally may have been a huge boost in the career of Canadian prodigy Sarah Polley turns into a tedious venture into the fringes of Lolita-esque film sleaze.

Where he should have backed off from one who was so self-absorbed and totally boring, he didn't and we all suffered for it.

Ted's evaluation: 3 of 4 -- Worth watching

That detracted from an otherwise engaging story and some very good technical filmmaking.

I consistently thought scenes were misdirected and that the writing gave up on itself and fell into cliche, sapping it of any force it had.

Bittersweet coming of age story, well told and observed .

Stephen Rea plays an even less attractive version of the walking Irish cliche he portrayed in "Angie" - dark, rumpled good looks, smooth charm, gift of the gab, etc. However, in Guinevere his character has the extra ethnic disadvantage of roaring alcoholism and the tiresome habit of spouting pseudo-Marxist diatribes against the upper classes.

Audrey Wells has written and directed `Guinevere', the story of a young woman's coming of age.

There may be good reasons for a young woman to associate with an older man, but this film provides only an unsavory and compelling argument for sticking to your own generation for sexual and intellectual companionship.

Every "romantic" scene was equally unbearable (except for the sex scenes which were tasteless and disturbing).

Though I believe it could have been magical, and it did begin well, to my disappointment, the journey and end were ultimately rather ridiculous and pretentious.

But if you are looking for an intelligent, enjoyable film which does not attempt to do anything beyond tell a good story and create interesting believable characters, Guinevere is right on the mark.

Every aspect of the movie was a cliché.

A hopeless attempt at a heartfelt art movie that subverts its own intentions with its meaningless artifice and sloppy, contrived, indulgent imagery.

While bored to death at her sisters wedding, she runs off with a bottle of champagne and manages to bump into the wedding photographer, Connie.

Slow Burning Bore .

Although Polley's best scenes are those with Carrie Preston, who plays her best friend and confidante; the most entertaining scenes are those with her mother (Jean Smart), an unstated version of Susan's mother on "Seinfeld".

Aside from the obvious qualities that make this an enjoyable picture (Outstanding performances by all and a solid screenplay), it is perhaps Guinevere's subtle qualities that set it apart from the standard, long-winded, character development movie.

"Guinevere" is a fine and engaging tale that plausibly sketches the arc of the relationship and romance between the daughter of a pair of society attorneys of Pacific Heights pedigree and a bohemian photographer who lives life on the edge financially and on the fringe socially.

The cast is fine but you can only do so much when you're assigned bland dialogue.

Yet you hope that even someone as totally gullible and inexperienced as Harper Sloane (even her name is a crass cliche) might be offput by the explicit warnings from the earlier "Guinevere" played by Ileana Douglas....

Connie is not one to win over the young ladies with his looks, but is a very mysterious and intriguing character.