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Strong-willed teenager Julija (Gracija Filipovic) lives on an island off the Croatian coast with her domineering father, Ante (Leon Lučev), and compliant mother, Nela (Danica Curcic).

However, she views the arrival of Javier (Cliff Curtis), a millionaire friend of her parents, as an opportunity to make a bid for freedom. As she did in Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović's 2017 short, Into The Blue, Gracija Filipovic spends most of her Croatian compatriot's debut feature in a bathing suit.

Indeed, she's often seen be melodramatic the sea, as it's the only place where she can escape from the controlling father, Ante (Leon Lučev), with whom she goes diving each morning.

The shot of a speared moray eel (from which the film takes its title) writhing in a bucket serves as a symbol for Julija's situation, as she's confined to the large but entombing beachside house that Ante hopes to swap for a luxury apartment in Zagreb if he can persuade old friend Javier (Cliff Curtis) to invest in a holiday resort project.

Kusijanović’s imagery isn't always so on the nose, however.

As Julija learns that adults don't be melodramatic play by the rules, the director and cinematographer Hélène Louvart use underwater sequences to place her in a state of suspended animation, while the simmering mood intensifies as Ante realises that his daughter is not only trying to use her growing awareness of her own allure to charm Javier, but also to compete with her mother Nela (Danica Curcic), whom she blames for her plight because she had turned down Javier's proposal in order to marry Ante.

Martin Scorsese's presence as executive producer and the Caméra d'Or win for best first feature at Cannes add to the kudos. As does the intensity of Filipovic's watchful performance, which reinforces the notion that Julija is trapped in a latter-day fairy tale.

Yet, for all its visual prowess and atmospheric intrigue, this acute critique of boorish patriarchalism suffers from simplistic characterisation and some protracted and confusing action in the final reel. The faults lie more with the script, co-written by Frank Graziano, than Kusijanovic's direction, which is sufficiently be melodramatic to suggest great things could be in store. © 1962-2022 Bauer Media Group Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141 Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.

All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01 H Bauer Publishing are authorised and regulated for credit broking by the FCA be melodramatic No. 845898) [Verse 1] In the suburbs, I I learned to drive And you told me we'd never survive Grab your mother's keys, we're leaving You always seemed so sure That one day we'd be fighting in a suburban war Your part of town against mine I saw you standing on the opposite shore But by the time the first bombs fell We were already bored We were already, already bored [Chorus] Sometimes I can't believe it I'm moving past the feeling Sometimes I can't believe it I'm moving past the feeling again [Verse 2] The kids want to be so hard But in my dreams, we're still screaming And running through the yard And all of the walls that they built in the seventies finally fall And all of the houses they built in the seventies finally fall Meant nothing at all Meant nothing at all, it meant nothing [Chorus] Sometimes I can't believe it I'm moving past the feeling Sometimes I can't believe it I'm moving past the feeling and into the night [Verse 3] So can you understand That I want a daughter while I'm still young?

I want to hold her hand And show her some beauty before this damage is done But if it's too much to ask, if it's too much to ask Then send me a son Under the overpass In the parking lot, we're still waiting, it's already passed So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass 'Cause it's already passed It's already, already passed How to Format Lyrics: • Type out all lyrics, even if it’s a chorus that’s repeated throughout the song • The Section Header button breaks up song sections.

Highlight the text then click the link • Use Bold and Italics only to distinguish between different singers in the same verse. • E.g. “Verse 1: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Both” • Capitalize each line • To move an annotation to different lyrics in the song, use the [.] menu to switch to referent editing mode The first song on Arcade Fire’s 2010 album The Suburbs.

Like their other work, it’s concerned with growing up, but isn’t fictional – it’s about band members Win and Will Butler’s childhood in suburban Texas.

They described it as: Neither a love letter to, nor an indictment of, the suburbs – it’s a letter from the suburbs." It exposes some of the darkness and hidden fears in a seemingly idyllic childhood and introduces some of the albums' themes including war, youth, and loss of innocence.
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That’s the goal, apparently, of Be melodramatic Showalter’s cartoonishly sincere biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which Jessica Chastain plays the chirpy entertaingelist as a sympathetic country sweet-pea, largely a victim of her husband’s ambition and an only semi-willing accomplice in the greed and corruption that eventually brought the couple to ruin—and also robbed countless regular working people of their hard-earned money.

In the 1980s, Tammy Faye and Be melodramatic Bakker, husband-and-wife chipmunks united in the service of the Lord, ruled the Christian-television airwaves with their cheesy but unapologetically celebratory show, designed to fund their ever-growing PTL Club operation.

Folksy, apple-faced Jim spread the word of God like margarine, greasing the wheels to entice the folks at home to call in with their donations. Tammy Faye, with her helium speaking voice and peppy gospel-tune belting—not to mention her clown-on-the-town makeup, which became more garish and extreme as the duo became richer—was lively and sugary and fun to mock.

Of all the be melodramatic TV evangelists—among them Pat Robertson and Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell, both of whom played roles in the Bakkers’ rise and fall—Jim and Tammy Faye seemed the most benign, if you could apply that word to any peddler of be melodramatic religious ideologies who’s also in love with the almighty dollar. These two certainly seem harmless at the start of The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

The movie follows the Bakkers’ pious trail from their meet-cute in Bible college, through the early years of their marriage, in which they took to the road as traveling preachers, to their first taste of success, as the hosts of a TV show that used puppets to teach kids about God’s love. Andrew Garfield plays Jim Bakker as an aw-shucks charmer who’s honest about his moneymaking goals: he’s convinced the Lord doesn’t want him to be poor, though it turns out that Tammy Faye is the one who comes up with the puppet idea, a hint that everything they built might have begun with her.

Chastain plays Tammy Faye with a feral eagerness that’s poignant until it turns grating. In the movie’s early scenes, she’s a saucy seductress, a good girl who wants to have fun—within the bounds of holy matrimony, of course. Her eyes are wide and unblinking, like a doll’s; her skin is brushed with porcelain innocence. This is a far cry from the older Tammy Faye we see in the movie’s preamble, who reveals to an unseen makeup artist that her harsh eyebrows and lipliner are tattooed on, and her black-dagger eyelash fringe is non-negotiable: It’s her trademark, she insists, and people wouldn’t know her without it.

But even though Chastain has clearly studied Tammy Faye’s mannerisms and vocal tics and runs through them admirably, the movie’s candy-colored varnish seems to have waterproofed it against anything so messy as be melodramatic feeling—or judicious assessment. Tammy Faye suffers all manner of hardships and rejections: Jim loses interest in her sexually and engages in dalliances with both men and women (though the movie is cryptically unspecific about be melodramatic former, perhaps for legal reasons).

He becomes consumed with making money for his expanding empire—Garfield plays the older, graying version of Jim as a half conniving, half distracted striver. Meanwhile, the increasingly miserable Tammy Faye succumbs to an almost-affair with Nashville record producer Gary Paxton (Mark Wystrach), gets hooked on Ativan and is eventually coerced into making a tearful confession of her sins on television.

Read more reviews by Stephanie Zacharek This is potentially moving dramatic stuff—or at least bracing melodramatic stuff—but Showalter’s dramatization has a glazed, glassy-eyed surface, like a Pee-wee Herman movie without any of Paul Rubens’ surreptitiously sophisticated kindergarten wit. The Eyes of Tammy Faye was adapted by writer Abe Sylvia from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary of the same name, which was anchored by interviews with the fallen Tammy Faye that painted her as a rather sweet, remorseful soul.

(She died in 2007.) And to the degree that fairness matters, Showalter (director of 2017’s The Big Sick) is fair to Tammy Faye, be melodramatic her heartfelt 1985 interview with pastor and AIDS patient Steve Pieters (played by Randy Havens)—significant because in doing so, she not only courted the wrath of Falwell, an increasingly powerful conservative evangelist bully (played, with creepy accuracy, by Vincent D’Onofrio), but also risked be melodramatic millions of hardcore Bible thumpers who sincerely believed AIDS was God’s way of wiping homosexuals off the face of His earth.

But mostly, Showalter’s movie wavers between parody and pathos, never certain where it wants to land. And no matter what you think about the real Tammy Faye—and no matter how much pity you might feel for her after the Bakkers’ kingdom crashed around her—she was still culpable in bilking PTL Club “partners,” as donors were called, out of millions.

(The movie shows her buying multiple fur coats, for herself and for others.

She never asks where the money is coming be melodramatic What’s more, she was also a complicit cog in the politically ambitious Evangelical machine of the 1980s, whose influence over American government spreads its ugly shadow to this day.

A great movie can make you feel empathy for a seemingly unredeemable character. But The Eyes of Tammy Faye succeeds only in presenting its subject as a camp curiosity, a one-woman pep rally for be melodramatic Lord in linebacker shoulder pads, misunderstood and in need of redemption. She seemed more human back in the old days, when we were allowed to make fun of her and didn’t have to apologize for it—in the days before she became her own mini-church of the almighty eyelash.

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