This adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel is the tale of the young aristocrat Orlando, who begins an epic quest for love and freedom in the court of Elizabeth I as a man, and completes the search 400 years later as a woman, shaking off their biological and cultural destiny along the way.
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Swinton’s androgynous affect has rarely been better exploited: It’s a kick to see her transition among Orlando’s numerous identities, whether wooing a Russian princess or submitting to the charms of the horseback-riding Shelmerdine (Zane, coming on like a locks-flowing Fabio of the moors).
Etherial and fantastic, this Orlando is built on fairy-tale ground - everything is beautifully put together so you don't ever fall from its web. It catches you by the imagery - and oh-how Tilda belongs here. Like dozens and dozens of pictures - Potter does art work, framing reality as make believe. Congratulations, my eyes are pleased.
Now this is timeless! I can't believe I missed a precious gem all these years. Based from Virginia Woolf's novel of the same title. Tilda Swinton plays both genders on this revolutionary take on life and the sexes, and she's amazing! What a remarkable piece of cinema. I found myself in awe, marveling, and laughing at the same time. My treasure box is never full, and this is definitely in my collection.
A film(and novel) I find myself returning to often, Orlando always leaves me in a certain mood.. With a certain acceptance for myself, or "selves" as you will. This is what Orlando is about to me, growing up and embracing all parts of oneself, no matter how contradictory, because this is what makes a person whole.
Sally Potter captures the essence of Virginia Woolf's novel and consequently continues the story to the present time. There are some really stunning sequences, and the film generally shows a great sensibility for dramaturgy of camera movements (like during some dialogues), but also for colors, sounds and the use of music.