Pittsburgh, PA
November 13, 2018
    News           Sports           Lifestyle           Classifieds           About Us
A & E
Tv Listings
The Dining Guide
Travel Getaways
Headlines by E-mail
Home >  A & E >  Movies/Videos Printer-friendly versionE-mail this story
'Till Human Voices Wake Us'

Film Clips: A roundup of new releases

Friday, March 14, 2003

By Barry Paris, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Do I dare to eat a peach?

'Till Human Voices Wake Us'

RATING: R for sexual and adult themes

STARRING: Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Lindley Joyner, Brooke Harman, Peter Curtin

DIRECTOR: Michael Petroni

WEB SITE: www.humanvoices.com


Local movie showtimes


All sensitive, literate adolescents discover -- or should discover -- "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," T.S. Eliot's seminal 1917 poem, from whence the film at hand derives its name and themes of lost love, alienation and death.

Let us go there, you and I, with Helena Bonham Carter, who plays a suicidal amnesiac rescued by psychiatrist Guy Pearce in the Australian town where he has returned to bury his father. In the process of trying to reawaken her memory, he reawakens his own of the teenage romance that shaped -- and haunts -- his life.

The present is interwoven with the past in flashback, Lindley Joyner playing the young Pearce and Brooke Harman his beloved handicapped girl. But director Michael Petroni's ponderous pace is a bigger handicap, and his script too tidily symmetrical. Pensive piano music keeps kicking in on queue, and it turns out that the two beautiful kids are more interesting than their elders.

We began with the thought that adolescents are inspired by Eliot. We end with the thought that they and their teen angst outgrow him. Eliot evolved through his tedious "Waste Land" into a bourgeois Christian pompous pain (who helped persecute D.H. Lawrence). Petroni's "Voices," though beautifully filmed, likewise confuses poetic pomposity with profundity.

Back to top Back to top E-mail this story E-mail this story
Search | Contact Us |  Site Map | Terms of Use |  Privacy Policy |  Advertise | Help |  Corrections