TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL: Is Robert Redford the Oscar Front Runner for ‘All is Lost?’

Robert Redford in All is Lost

With Telluride now wrapped up, here is a look back at some of the reactions to J. C. Chandor’s upcoming survival flick, All is Lost, starring the Oscar-bound Robert Redford as a man lost at sea fighting to stay alive.

The LA Times’ John Horn:

Among the 59 features and shorts playing in Telluride, the awards contenders certainly include “Gravity” (premiering Wednesday at Venice Film Festival) and “All Is Lost” (which premiered at Cannes in May) as well as Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day.”

Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone:

It is Redford’s most moving portrayal capping a long and diverse career as actor, director, producer, Sundance film institute creator. In All Is Lost we have to opportunity to get to know this man up close, to really look at his skin in the light, to appreciate his freckled, wrinkled hands that have touched so much in their day. His frame, one we all know so well, now withering naturally with age but still in formidable shame. That famous hair, here stuck to his forehead which has been caked with blood from hitting his head. He let’s us in, for once, without the silk screen, without vanity. And though there is no dialogue, no other characters, no love story, it’s impossible not to root for him.

In Contention’s Kristopher Tapley:

“All is Lost” is another sort of chamber piece, but Chandor isn’t so cagey as to not admit there are plenty of lines to be drawn. After all, this is a film in which a man stranded at sea desperately tries to flag a massive ship full of commercial shipping containers as it passes him by, unaware, like the vast enterprise of a nation passing the little guy by as economic disparity continues to widen the gap between the haves and have nots. The man fishes for food, reeling in a catch as suddenly a shark gobbles the spoils, recalling notions of the privileged benefitting from the accomplishments of the working class.

Emanuel Levy’s Emanuel Levy:

It’s to Chandor’s credit that he successfully avoids any gimmicks or tricks to leaven the situation, or turn it into a more suspenseful melodrama, as could be the case in a more mainstream film by another director. There are no flashback, no backstory about the man’s past and family, no letters read by Redford (or others). All Is Lost strips the conventional Hollywood actioner to one confined setting, and an older man equipped with only the basic sailing skills.

Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson:

The star carries the screen–you believe that he is a capable, canny, confident sailor who resourcefully pits himself against everything that the sea and nature throw at him. In one shot as he prepares to confront a major storm there’s a glimpse of that old Sundance Kid smile as he faces a worthy adversary.

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