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Here2011

  • 3.0
Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, HERE chronicles a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer and an expatriate photographer who impulsively decide to travel across the remote countryside together. As their trip comes to an end, the two must decide where to go from here.

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They say a couple isn't really a couple until they've had their first big fight. And though we are one and a half hours well into the film before Will and Gadarine have theirs, its a good one and they make it worth the wait. And it happens where most arguments between couples do happen: on the road. But their love story begins on the road, too. He is out in this remote part of the world because his career which feeds his wanderlust has sent him to Armenia. And she is a renaissance woman of the world, who happens to be back home, to where obligations often pull her back in. The theme of interweaving media, prose, imagery, is constant in this film. Anyone who has ever experienced the sense of being lost, being at odds with the definition of home, freedom, had trouble reading the signs, the compass, will appreciate how this film poses the questions such as when is the right time, and to what and whom should I commit at this place in time.

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While it is certainly not a great film, it has some great moments and was worth watching, albeit with a thumb on fast-forward. The set-up is pretty standard: a geologist from San Francisco is map-making in Armenia where he meets a native Armenian woman who has just returned after a decade in France. Both are uncomfortable, and they embrace each other as fortification.

Will is perhaps too real and unlikable in many ways. He embarrasses with his American arrogance--but not always. At times he is wonderfully warm and engaging with the native Armenians.

The woman played by Lubna Adjani is more deeply textured and it is her vitality and wisdom that pulls us through the film. Ms. Adjani is one of those amazing actresses that keeps popping up in Arthouse films and yet remains almost anonymous. She is as good as anyone in the business and deserves a larger audience, much like a Nina Hoss, etc.

The film does an excellent job of exposing the longings of the heart: The universal desire parents have to have their children back "home", the repressed passions of two drifters, and the immense pride of the laborers. It is a rugged culture and a rugged country, but tenderness and warmth ubiquitous. Enjoy the amazing vistas, the film is guaranteed to pique your interest in the Caucasus isthmus.

One thing that simply does not work for me is the obnoxious Peter Coyote voice over. I think it is supposed to signify how important this narrative is, but it comes off as yet another self-satisfied Peter Coyote banality. FF through it except for the final monologue which is done over a high-speed review of the trip.

The film left me drained, longing for my youth and the passions that catch fire on the road, as no where else.

The take away for me was the authenticity of remote cultures and the artificiality of the Northern California mindset. The woman absolutely nails Will by pointing out that he thinks he is a great world explorer, when in fact he only scratches the surface, missing what is most valuable. Best line: When they bump into each other at a party, and he says, "Small world." She retorts, "No, big world, small country".

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the world is a beautiful place this film is a beautiful film_if i was Will traveling in Armenia & met Gadarine I'd fall in love with her too_it's a perfect road trip because the pace is slow and you are with them the whole way_the chemistry between the 2 is intense_really feels real & it's visually spectacular_maybe 2 scenes in the film that didn't work for me but otherwise i think it's a gem

A bit slow moving, but strong performances and evocative settings, depicting what appeared to be often desolate countryside after years of war and conflict.