Maya Dardel

2017

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 5.1 10 378

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Synopsis


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April 23, 2021 at 03:26 AM

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Rosanna Arquette as Leonora
Lena Olin as Maya Dardel
Jordan Gavaris as Kevin
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English 2.0
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1 hr 44 min
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1 hr 44 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by indiecinemamagazine 10 / 10

Maya Dardel (A Critically Endangered Species)

Maya Dardel (A Critically Endangered Species) is directed and written by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak. The film's protagonist is played by Lena Olin. Lena Olin, film veteran who was discovered by Ingmar Bergman, proved that she is still capable of captivating the audience with a brilliant lead performance. She plays the protagonist who is an aging poetess and the film's success owes her a great deal. Patrick Scola's lens exquisitely depicts her living in California's mountains among beautiful misty landscapes, in a house surrounded by half-withered plants. All this creates a special atmosphere in the film.

Maya Dardel is a rather original picture because it explores another side of sexual relationships – usually men are described as dominant and the role of prostitutes is relegated to women. However in this film, the authors show how young and promising poets can easily become involved in a kind of prostitution hoping to get this woman's inheritance. Their intentions are more clear than Maya's; we can only guess whether she is going through a crisis, is really desperate because she is lonely or maybe is just testing how low young men can fall in their pursuit of money. We see how corrupt are these people who are supposed to be be spiritual and above simple earthly pursuits. In this sense Maya Dardel perfectly reflects the soullessness of our materialistic society.

Interestingly enough, that one of the directors, Zachary Cotler, is an award winning poet himself and has also composed the minimalistic piano driven musical score of the film. Maya Dardel combines elements of drama, comedy, satire and even romantic comedy. The film is not for every taste as it's contemplative pace may put some viewers off who are used to more conventional movies. However, it is a bold, inventive film featuring a great performance of Lena Olin and is among the finest American independent pictures of today.

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Reviewed by perotrach 10 / 10

I don't understand why people don't understand this film

It is truly one of the best films to come out recently. It isn't even that hard to understand but I guess good things are always misunderstood at first. The main thing is the writing. It is really first rate. The visuals are good too, but the writing is on another level. I think the dialogue is like a woven piece of cloth. The main character played awesomely by Olin talks about her mind this way, like it used to be an "eleven-dimensional dulcimer" and that's how I feel about the writing in this film. It's a wonderful dulcimer of a movie.

Reviewed by anthonyjlangford 8 / 10

Artistic powerhouse

A highly unusual film worth your time for its originality alone. The dialog is first class. Its highly intelligent with some deep insights into aging with the weighty knowledge that one's best years are behind them. This is countered by the examples of youth with their enthusiasm for the future and perhaps ignorance that none of it may come to pass. Such is the stages of life.

The poetry is genuine. Strong. Real merit. The cinematography beautifully done and the direction assured. The music too, by one of the directors I believe, also flawlessly complements the style.

The lead is strong, complex, ironical, paradoxical, controversial. Liking her or not is irrelevant. She's a superbly imagined flawed character.

My only criticisms is that the exchanges are sometimes hard to decipher and I really did want to hear every word. There's a lot of wisdom within. Patrica Arquette's character is sadly a misstep. She seems false. Aside from that, it's so refreshing to find a film that doesn't assume everyone watching is stupid. (Though judging from the rating perhaps they were wrong).

I would watch this again. To take in all those lush shots, every crisp word and that incredible central performance. Its a true testament to the creativity of the filmmakers. A remarkable achievement.

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