Alexander Van Zyl’s review published on Letterboxd:
One of the most profound emotional experiences of my life, and possibly the most beautiful thing I've seen in...I don't even know how long.
Theo Angelopoulos's 'Eternity and a day' would fall under my top 10 most anticipated films of my life; Mostly because it has taken me over half a year to find a place where I can stream it. But boy, was it worth the wait.
From the first couple seconds you're hooked; with the absolutely spectacular, but depressing dialogue in the voiceover, and slow-moving camera movements setting the tone for this far to short masterpiece perfectly.
Bruno Ganz is perfect; Perfect in this film, and I'm betting in life as well. His kind and expressive face captures the feelings of his dying character phenomenally.
The story of which this film is centered around may be as basic as they come - a dying man reflects on his past, while trying to help a homeless boy get to safer pastures- , but the way it was handled makes that "simple story" perfectly fitting, and actually makes it feel like you're just watching life happening. Or rather, a dream of a life in a poem unfolding.
I unfortunately don't have the ability to fully express how much this really meant to me. All I can say though, is I cannot believe I've been existing this long without this film in my life. And hopefully, I'll be able to track down some of the directors' other works as well.