, 19 Nov 2004
I am by no means fan of cynic cinema, excempting pardoy. I rented this film thinking it would be like the Pink Panther. First I will admit one thing
it is not laugh out loud humour!
Excempting this intial disappointment, I found this to one of the most moving and deep films I have ever seen. The story of a simple gardener who through an eagerness to join in conversation, the metaphor of gardens and a simple truth rises to political power is fantastic. The contrast of those who try to interpret him, reading into his small talk like prophecy as they endow him with the virtues he appears he should have, is so wonderful next to the story of a man tending to his plants.
The early scene where he wanders the steets in his suit, asking people for lunch because he's very hungry, is a genuinely painful moment. This simple harmless man, plunged into the depths of society's confusion and subtlety. Of course it's cynical, but the closing scene, and the mild mannered way Peter sellers playsaforesaid gardener makes this one of the best movies I have seen. Rent-Drink red wine and enjoy!
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