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First trailer and poster for City of God director Fernando Meirelles' new film 360 has arrived

Jun. 8, 2012by: George Merchan

360 was a film I was particularly interested in when its development was first announced back in 2010 - it's scripted by prolific English scribe Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN), it's directed by Fernando Meirelles, the man behind one of last decade's very best films CITY OF GOD, and... it's about sex!

At least, that's how the film was being described two years ago. A film - inspired by the controversial play Reigen - that "examines sexual morals within and between social classes, using various pairs of characters who have sexual encounters in and outside of their social classes." That sounded interesting to me. A film with the potential for some truly insightful observations about human nature and our socio-cultural divides. But what's funny is that the film now is being sold (at least here in America) simply on the "importance" of its filmmakers. Is that just a marketing thing? Or has the film been somewhat watered down since its initial development? Who's to say? All I know is that the film premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival and was met with a pretty lukewarm response. I've avoided reviews, but that response of course doesn't fill me with confidence. Still, it's Meirelles - the guy who directed one of my absolute favorite films - so I'm willing to hope for the best.

360 opens in theaters on August 3rd but will become available on iTunes on June 29th. Is that an ill sign?

Synopsis: From two acclaimed artists: director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). With a stellar international cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu, 360 is a moving and exciting dramatic thriller that dazzlingly weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.



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6:45PM on 06/08/2012
Saw this at TIFF, was disappointed. Okay little stories, nothing to complain about, but they don't add up to much. I dug Ben Foster in it (though he's gotta stop playing the creep one day). The editing is very well-done and the film's got a slick, modern vibe I really liked (which the trailer gets across well). But overall, I found this movie to be kind of a fluff version of a character mosaic with nothing really new or interesting to say. It pales in comparison to pretty much all the other
Saw this at TIFF, was disappointed. Okay little stories, nothing to complain about, but they don't add up to much. I dug Ben Foster in it (though he's gotta stop playing the creep one day). The editing is very well-done and the film's got a slick, modern vibe I really liked (which the trailer gets across well). But overall, I found this movie to be kind of a fluff version of a character mosaic with nothing really new or interesting to say. It pales in comparison to pretty much all the other ones out there. They also take the title quite literally with the film's structure taking a circular form, but they forget to fill in the centre.

For the record, I love City of God and Constant Gardener and thought Blindness was mostly terrible. This is a step up from Blindness but not remotely close to the first two.
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9:17AM on 06/08/2012

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Get rid of YOLO in the tagline. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that has worn out its welcome.
Get rid of YOLO in the tagline. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that has worn out its welcome.
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7:47AM on 06/08/2012
Looks good. The Constant Gardner isn't great for repeat viewings, as it's not really that kind of thriller, but man did I feel smart watching it the first time. Hopefully 360 has better staying power for me.
Looks good. The Constant Gardner isn't great for repeat viewings, as it's not really that kind of thriller, but man did I feel smart watching it the first time. Hopefully 360 has better staying power for me.
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