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Voyages (Tracks)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: B-



The Holocaust becomes a destination for closer over a half-century after its fall in Emmanuel Finkielís Voyages (1999), a drama that may have some contrivances in its plot among other limitations, but grows on the viewer particularly though its fine acting.Some of the dialogue exchanges are predictable, while others are interesting.The film offers three unrelated storylines that have too many coincidences, so it becomes quite predictable that they will eventually tie together.


We have seen this a few hundred times and if more time had been spent on the narrative structuring, this could have been some kind of classic.Has Finkiel ever seen Robert Altmanís Nashville?There are parts of the film that run on a bit, then the picture gets back to its story.The result is patchy and Finkiel shows the inexperience of a first-time director.I was hoping for something new and different, but at least it did not have the usual start-to-finish narrative.In a cycle with so many films about The Holocaust, it is hard to distinguish oneís self.At least this film is somewhat ambitious.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is softer than expected and a bit of a disappointment, with image phasing and a lack of depth to boot.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a bit harsh and has barely any surrounds.This was a Dolby Digital release, but that does not automatically mean 5.1 channels, something the company has purposely been obscuring since they dropped the designation of which films in their past were analog SR vs. older A-type releases.This is to make the name Dolby some omnipotent force that says only they know good sound, which has been far from the case since their digital system was introduced back in 1992.Extras include five trailers, including the original theatrical trailer for this film and a letterboxed 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 videotaped 27-minutes Estherís Voyage piece.This is a behind the scenes piece on actress Esther Gorintin making the film.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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