Maria is at war with the world, and one can hardly blame her, given her life. Her mother,Rosa, arrives in the city, accompanying her abusive husband, who is undergoing surgery. Mariaunenthusiastically puts Rosa up at her dingy apartment. Maria’s life continues to get worse,thanks to a relationship with a cruel truck driver, but her mother’s quiet dignity and absolutegoodness gradually begins to win her over. Then there is the Maria’s older neighbour, who isthe first kind ma… Rosa has anything to do with.
The sound is in 2.0, but this is a very quiet movie, and a deluxe surround treatment wouldbe wasted on it. The music’s mix is good, and the dialogue is free of distortion. There are fewsound effects to speak of, though there has been some effort at environment creation whereappropriate. The result isn’t always perfect, however, with (for instance) heavy machinery noisescoming out of rear speakers where they have no business being.
The format is fullscreen, and the composition looks badly damaged by cropping. The two-shots of the mother and daughter in particular looked cramped and chopped. The image is alsovery soft, with features disappearing into blurry pink smudges even when the characters aren’tthat distant from the camera. Some shots are grainy, and the blacks could definitely be deeper.A disappointing transfer.
Trailers for Solas, Purpose and Lawless Heart. The menu is basic.You’re also stuck with the English subtitles, whether you want them or not.
A heartfelt, serious film with stunning performances, Solas deserves a betterpresentation than this.
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