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Wonderful cast! Tulip Fever is a surprisingly great period film that leaves the viewer wondering how the story is going to end. I recommend this film as a nice date film. Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz gave solid performances throughout the film.
It arrives not as a lusty tale in full bloom but as a tastefully arranged still life, in search of an animating spark.
A ripe, bittersweet romantic tragedy lies at the heart of Tulip Fever, but director Justin Chadwick’s aggressive tastefulness smothers the life from this potentially lusty melodrama.
Does Tulip Fever feel like a precious bulb poorly nurtured? Primarily it comes across as something laboriously over-handled, and any flower so treated is bound to lose its luster. After waiting so long, the strongest fragrance on display is one of sweat and mediocrity.
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- This film was seven weeks away from shooting in 2004. When the British government shuttered a tax break program, the $45 million budget grew by about $17 million, and the film was shut down. The film was resurrected by Ruby Films and The Weinstein Company in 2013 and the budget has been slimmed down to $25 million.
- Jan Van Loos: I've come to paint a portrait.