Getting Into the Real Meaning Behind the First Trailer For “And While We Were Here” Starring Kate Bosworth

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Movies

And While We Were Here first trailer has Kate Bosworth while on  an extended sojourn with her perfectionists husband played by Iddo Goldberg (a bit actor in his first starring role) whose either a tormented conductor,  an anal violinist or both at the same time is interrupted when she meets and falls in love with a free spirited, free thinking American youth masquerading as an Italian played by Jamie Blackley (a Brit actor, also getting his first big part).

It looks like one of those romantic movies that will eventually become saccharine poured on with a very heavy syrup of nostalgic kitsch.  A chick flick that even the most lenient viewer will roll her eyes at.

The fun in these kinds of trailers is in dissecting the critical blurbs that pop up.   If you go to Rotten Tomatoes none of the reviews will show up.   They had to be tracked down.

“A gossamer tale of ruined love and liberation.” — Variety.  This story is so light weight and derivative that I might as well stick some neo-realist references in to make it seem more interesting than it is.   John Anderson, the critic cited here, also called it “an antipasto platter of film references.”   He also said the film was shot in black and white when every scene in the trailer is clearly in color.  So was this first version so bad that they filmed it again?  Or did the critic forget to remove his sunglasses?  The title at the time lost the “And” and was “While We Were Here”.  Anderson called it “anti-romantic”.

“Utterly Romantic”– Paste Magazine.  The rest of the quote goes “… and traditional.”  The critic, Michael Dunaway who wrote the review as a part of a page on Tribeca Film Capsules also said he was watching a black and white film.  The possibility of two critics viewing this film at different screenings with sunglasses on is astronomical, so this film was definitely reshot when it became obvious that  it was too recherche for the average romantic comedy audience.   Also the film was called “While We Here” at the time of the review.  And notice now it is an “utterly romantic” film.

“An Homage to the great Italian films”– Epoch Times.   Anderson of variety also saw homages to “… the French New Wave and the cinematic power of faces, as well as a lark of sorts for Coiro and Bosworth after their collaboration on “Life Happens,” this black-and-white, anti-romantic feature might also be seen as a retort to that earlier pic.”  Helena Chao, the reviewer for the Epoch Times, generally liked it, but also mentioned that is was a “…A homage to the great Italian black and white films, tweaked for the 21st century…” So this film see saw is not the same film the trailer wants us to see. 

Conclusion: the film went from being arty and bouncing homages to every cinema fad like a teenager changes fashion every fifteen minutes to a bland, romantic comedy with no style or reference point what so ever.

At the end,  the trailer reviews itself and promises four words and four things: Laugh, Cry, Love, Live.”  Oh, how utterly anti-romantic and yet utterly Italian non-neorealistic!

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