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The Cold Lands trailer: guess MaryAnn’s reaction to this!

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Go on, guess. What went through my mind when I watched this? Was it:

A) Oh. *groan* Another teenaged boy’s coming-of-age story.
B) Oh, cool, Lili Taylor! Oh, wait: looks like she dies in the first act.
C) Oh, great. Teen boy connects with older man, so that no male perspective is missed.
D) All of the above.

*grrrr*

Looks like this trailer picked the wrong week to cross my path.

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US/Canada release date: Mar 14 2014
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  • Jurgan

    Um, my thoughts were more along the lines of “adult male kidnaps teenage boy, and this is a good thing?”

  • http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ MaryAnn Johanson

    No, no! He’s a mentor, a father figure. Not a kidnapper. It’s touching!

  • Paul

    ‘Touching’?

    So he’s a paedophile, then? In post-Yewtree Britain that’s even worse than being the violent criminal he obviously is.

    But limp humour aside, I am completely with you. The 100% male perspective sits atop ‘beautifully-shot’ scenes accompanied by ‘haunting guitar’ and I find it utterly devoid of resonance.

    I mean, to back your point up: I’m male and I’m bored witless with the male perspective thing, so I can fully understand how frustrating it must be for you.

  • RogerBW

    And even without the male emphasis, haven’t we seen this story before?

    (I admit, I use a short cast list as a guide to whether I’m likely to enjoy a film. If there aren’t any women among the first three cast members, chances are I won’t. The only exception is classic war films, where if there’s a woman in a prominent role the story’s usually been forced to fit her in.)

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