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alchemy_NN
is_BEZ
steeped_VBN
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blue_JJ
._.
kieslowski_NP
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,_,
that_CS
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._.
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,_,
isolation_NN
,_,
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,_,
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,_,
suzanne_NP
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'_"
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._.
language_NN
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,_,
the_DT
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the_DT
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character_NN
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,_,
alchemy_NN
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arm_NN
's_POS
length_NN
._.
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result_NN
,_,
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film_NN
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,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
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._.
alchemy_NN
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:_:
"_"
charity_NN
"_"
,_,
"_"
faith_NN
"_"
,_,
and_CC
"_"
hope_NN
"_"
._.
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the_DT
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,_,
a_DT
sculptor_NN
/_SYM
russian_JJ
translator_NN
named_VBN
louisa_NP
(_(
rya_???
kihlstedt_???
)_(
._.
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
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,_,
she_PP
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living_JJ
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her_PP$
painter_NN
boyfriend_NN
,_,
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she_PP
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her_PP$
._.
following_RB
his_PP$
sudden_JJ
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an_DT
automobile_NN
accident_NN
,_,
louisa_NP
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thrown_VBN
into_IN
turmoil_NN
._.
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her_PP$
,_,
and_CC
she_PP
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a_DT
source_NN
of_IN
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._.
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quest_NN
to_IN
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sense_NN
out_RP
of_IN
her_PP$
loss_NN
,_,
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her_PP$
late_JJ
boyfriend_NN
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,_,
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her_PP
ill_JJ
sister_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
eventually_RB
,_,
abandons_NNS
her_PP
old_JJ
life_NN
by_IN
joining_VBG
a_DT
"_"
back-to-_???
nature_NN
"_"
cult_NN
._.
alchemy_NN
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a_DT
variety_NN
of_IN
compelling_JJ
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._.
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addition_NN
to_IN
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the_DT
basic_JJ
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of_IN
how_WRB
a_DT
person_NN
should_MD
cope_VB
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the_DT
unexpected_JJ
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of_IN
a_DT
loved_JJ
one_CD
,_,
it_PP
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beneath_IN
the_DT
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of_IN
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the_DT
importance_NN
of_IN
faith_NN
in_IN
the_DT
healing_NN
process_NN
,_,
the_DT
meaning_NN
of_IN
love_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
nature_NN
of_IN
art_NN
._.
does_DOZ
personality_NN
restoration_NN
come_VB
through_IN
interacting_JJ
with_IN
others_NNS
or_CC
escaping_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
familiar_JJ
?_?
are_BER
artistic_JJ
epiphanies_NNS
the_DT
result_NN
of_IN
focused_JJ
solitude_NN
or_CC
of_IN
living_NN
life_NN
,_,
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of_IN
its_PP$
various_JJ
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,_,
to_IN
the_DT
fullest_JJS
?_?
myers_NP
'_"
challenge_NN
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to_TO
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subjects_NNS
,_,
art_NN
film_NN
staples_NP
,_,
engrossing_VBG
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a_DT
new_JJ
context_NN
._.
through_IN
louisa_NP
's_POS
struggles_NNS
,_,
she_PP
succeeds_VBZ
._.
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alchemy_NN
isn't_BEZ
always_RB
emotionally_RB
appealing_JJ
,_,
it_PP
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loses_VBZ
its_PP$
fascination_NN
._.
even_RB
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we're_???
not_XNOT
connecting_VBG
with_IN
louisa_NP
,_,
who_WP
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more_DT
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a_DT
locus_NN
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fully-developed_JJ
personality_NN
,_,
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material_NN
on-screen_IN
to_IN
hold_NN
our_PP$
attention_NN
._.
the_DT
cinematography_NN
is_BEZ
stunning_JJ
._.
city_NN
scenes_NNS
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tinted_VBN
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blue_JJ
,_,
adding_VBG
a_DT
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,_,
bleak_JJ
dimension_NN
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
early_JJ
portions_NNS
._.
later_RBR
,_,
when_CS
louisa_NP
reaches_VBZ
the_DT
"_"
wilderness_NN
"_"
,_,
we're_???
treated_JJ
to_TO
a_DT
dazzling_JJ
array_NN
of_IN
autumnal_JJ
splendor_NN
--_???
brightly-colored_VBD
leaves_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
trees_NNS
and_CC
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the_DT
ground_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
startling-but-effective_JJ
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the_DT
changes_NNS
taking_VBG
place_NN
in_IN
louisa_NP
's_POS
life_NN
as_IN
she_PP
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the_DT
road_NN
back_NN
to_IN
emotional_JJ
stability_NN
._.
the_DT
title_NN
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to_IN
the_DT
practice_NN
of_IN
a_DT
group_NN
of_IN
mystical_JJ
faith-_???
healers_FW
who_NP
use_NN
"_"
alchemy_NN
"_"
to_IN
provide_VB
for_IN
the_DT
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of_IN
the_DT
body_NN
and_CC
soul_NN
._.
and_CC
,_,
although_CS
louisa_NP
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of_IN
their_PP$
peculiar_JJ
brand_NN
of_IN
medicine_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
ultimately_RB
love_NN
and_CC
companionship_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
alchemy_NN
,_,
that_CS
brings_VBZ
solace_NN
._.
her_PP
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only_RB
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she_PP
lets_VBZ
go_VB
of_IN
the_DT
belief_NN
that_CS
the_DT
inherent_JJ
safety_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
alone_JJ
is_BEZ
life_NN
's_POS
ultimate_JJ
goal_NN
._.
even_RB
though_CS
louisa_NP
's_POS
final_JJ
transformation_NN
lacks_VBZ
the_DT
impact_NN
it_PP
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she_PP
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a_DT
more_DT
vital_JJ
character_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
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an_DT
intriguing_JJ
and_CC
enlightening_VBG
process_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
alchemy_NN
isn't_BEZ
pure_JJ
magic_NN
,_,
but_CC
,_,
especially_RB
during_IN
its_PP$
best_JJS
moments_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
close_JJ
._.
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