Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sophie's Choice

While I usually prefer economy of adaptation over epic faithfulness to a novel, very few of the minutes of this film felt superflous. An emotionally honest coming of age story which elects to employ the narrative devices of a narrator too young and naieve and a present-day love story too complex and convoluted in order to mask the real narrative and ethical spine of the story which all turn on (of course) Sophie's choice; only the weight of a long novelistic adaptation could imbue appropriate weight to the question that lingers with the viewer -- Can any of us continue with our everyday lives if we look with honesty at what we are guilty of?