Autumn Lights Reviews
Emotionally, the film is understated. But the emotions are certainly there. I respect this approach by the director. It's atypical and was more interesting. It's a film that requires your attention. It's asks for your participation in that way. But it rewards you when you do. Four days after seeing 'Autumn Lights' and I'm still mulling it over.
From an incredible score to the subtly and restraint in the performances and the emotional authenticity/earnestness of these sometimes unsavory characters, it's through and through a special little film. I love how this small story is set against this very grand and very dramatic setting, how each character is morally in a shade of grey, how they talk about interesting things in interesting ways. The direction and use of sound design was bold and supported the tension in the film. And what a performance from a new actor Guy Kent. He's a man of a different generation. There's a subtle strength to him and a perfect solemnness that he gave this character which I was very impressed by. The entire cast did a beautiful job.
The story is intimate yet grand in ideas. There's a papable heartfeltness. I'd watch it again in a heartbeat.