Reviews

Comments and Reviews Around the Worlds

Arturas F. from Lithuania calls Loss a must see work. They rated it a full ten stars. Among the things they mention as liking are the style of the plot twists, the acting, and the casting choices. Both Andrius Mamontovas and Kostas Smoriginas get mention for how well they carried their roles.

A reviewer from Hong Kong gave the film six/ten stars. The problem that Gordon-11 said existed with Loss was that it has a very slow, boring start. The hand held camera left the reviewer dizzy. The second half of the film seems to have swayed him however, and he does say it is brilliantly scripted and realistically portrayed.

Eddie Cockrell of Variety reviewed Loss after the Montreal World Film Fest airing. He likens the plot to a tangled web and a “challenging, satisfying Lithuanian drama”. While the pieces of the story are presented in a broken puzzle-like fashion, Mr Cockrell felt the director successfully pulled all the threads together in the end. He mentioned the film drew inspiration from Six Degrees of Separation. Both the musical score and cinematography were good.

Tom von Logue Newth said after seeing the film at the Santa Barbara Fest in 2009 that it was redundant, excessively earnest in trying to link six characters to the initial car crash, hindered by the overly brassy score, and killed by the camerawork. His final pronouncement: Snoozeville.

Howard Jarvis of the Baltic Times has another positive yet mixed take on Loss. He starts with placing it at the top tier for profits in Lithuania. He mentions this is somewhat of a freakish occurrence as other films similar have not faired this well. Other critics in Lithuania have been quite receptive and that the plot works in its favor. The images that convey the messages in the film are lasting and stick with the viewer. Once again the hand-held camera, the “Baltic acting”, and the outdated music are a major drawback.

After viewing Loss at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival, S. James Wegg weighs in with the thought that the many well-meaning intentions are lost in the convoluted plot twists that are forced into resolution and then dropped.