Directed by Mary McGuckian, this is a 2004 drama based on Thornton Wilder's novel of the same name.
At the end, the Abbess says, "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."
Although her saying turns out profoundly thought-provoking, the film appears too boring and slow-paced without thrills, turns and twists.
A priest conducts an inquisition into the religious meaning of a disastrous convergence of five people upon a Peruvian rope bridge, which having given way killed them all. Lavish 18th-century costumes, a charming sound track, picturesque filming locations and a cast of Hollywood veterans yields a protracted and bombastic period piece so mind-numbingly tedious that not even a craw full of coca leaves could rescue this plummeting cinematic construction from the crushing impact of ennui.
Could have been a great film but it's confusing in the beginning and takes a long time before you understand (sort of) what's going on. It felt like they tried to cram a complicated and profound novel into too small a movie. The acting is also a mixed bag, but the costumes and the setting are amazing. I could never have imagined Lima Peru in this era, and for that reason alone it's worth watching.
It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained. But it was NOT worth a long library wait or the
price to rent from a Red Box.
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