Okay, so I saw "About Elly" today. Really fascinating suspense about Iranian yuppies going to the seaside for a long weekend. They all went to university together except for Elly, who is the schoolteacher of one of the group's daughters. That's because one of the women is trying to set her up with another friend, recently divorced from his wife in Germany.
But even though the guy finds her pretty hot, and there is chemistry between them, she clearly has some sort of disturbing preoccupation and wants to leave. And then, when she is supposed to be watching the children for a few minutes at the beach, she disappears. Did she take the bus back to Teheran like she wanted to? Did she drown? What happened?
All sorts of recriminations break out in the group with more or less the men on one side and the women on the other. An amazingly modern story from a country that many people consider to be repressed and backward.
I recently saw Fish Tank. This is a low-budget film made in and around Essex. It was an eye-opener for me. I'm glad I saw it. I can now better understand how life is for those who are unfortunate enough to live on high-rise council estates on benefit and who are subjected to visits from Child Protection workers. I have a friend who gives a home to children under the age of 18 whose parents have thrown them out. The 15 year old girl who played the lead role was one of these. The film vividly portrayed how life is lived by those who have no hope of rising out of their circumstances. There was a touch of high drama keeping us on the edges of our seats wondering whether an abducted child would be murdered or not.
I recommend this move. By the by - it has won many awards.
I think it has already been swept from French screens, since nobody was interested in it here. (American movies about France are considered appalling here; they often act as though every event in Parisian life takes place in view of the Eiffel Tower.) Nevertheless, I wanted to see it. I'll check my Pariscope and see if it is still visible somewhere.
The local Utopia is showing La Vida Loca by Christian Poveda, the journalist who was murdered in El Salvador in September. I feel I should go see it, but think it will be really tough too. It's a documentary.
Post by existentialcrisis on Nov 3, 2009 12:22:48 GMT
Seems we're not just talking about the big screen anymore, but I'll stick to the rules and mention only the last few movies I've seen on the big screen.
1) Food, Inc. - basically a documentary about the industrial food supply in the US. Yeah, one of those ones that makes you not want to eat commercial meat.
2) Slumdog Millonaire - yes, City of God was better, but I really enjoyed this too! Especially the dance scene at the end!
3) ...Benjamin Button... - this reminded me of Forrest Gump for some reason. It was a good movie, but I don't think I'd see it again.
4) Seven Pounds - very emotional performance by Will Smith.
5) Gran Torino - no one else mentioned this but I loved it!!
Around the same time, Doubt and Revolutionary Road came out but I waited to see those on video. Doubt I really enjoyed, but the latter... yes, very zzzzzzzzzzzz.... in fact, I had no idea she killed herself because I never finished watching it! lol
I went to see a French movie " Mic mac à tire larigot" the other day. The title is basically untranslatable -- something like "a non-stop mess". It's by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the guy who made Amélie Poulain. Blacker humour this time, although his humour is usually pretty dark. It was okay.
Okay, I confess to going to see 2012 this morning. Even the 9:15 a.m. showing was full, and passing other cinemas today, I saw that it was sold out all afternoon. (Today is a holiday -- if it were a normal working Wednesday, it would not be sold out -- people are not that crazy.)
While it's a piece of crap of course, at least it doesn't take itself the least bit seriously this time. The escapes through earthquakes and tsunamis were so far fetched that the audience was howling with laughter as 6 billion people died.
I am rather sceptical about some of the events, I must admit. I think I read that cities cover something like 2% of the emerged land of the planet, but all of the most horrible tragedies seem to pop up right in the middle of downtown. On the other hand, I suppose that this might prove the existence of god's concept of justice.
I also am not too sure that tsunamis can submerge the Himalayas so easily, even if the earth's crust has turned into soggy Rice Krispies for a reason that I have already forgotten, but there were some big solar flares at the beginning that sent out nasty neutrinos or something. Hmmm... wouldn't they have dissolved living beings first if they can dissolve solid rock?
It comes out in a couple days in the U.S. so I guess that's close enough to Thanksgiving. Today it came out in Belgium, Egypt, France, Malta, the Netherlands and Poland. Tomorrow it comes out in Australia, Croatia, Czechy, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea and Ukraine.
I saw 'Bright Star' this week; a film directed by Jane Campion (of 'The Piano' fame).
'Bright Star' portrays a couple of years in the life of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Set in 1818 we are given a glimpse of Hampstead when it used to be a village. I did not know that Jane Campion had directed this movie and I had no idea that it was much acclaimed. Only ten minutes into the film and I knew I was going to be disappointed and wondered whether my companion would agree to leave the cinema with me. She seemed happy to view it and so I stuck it out to the bitter end. I do not recommend it because it was very boring.
I was quite impressed by "The Secret Lives of Pippa Lee." Apparently it was just released in the U.S. today even though it has been playing in France for several weeks. I was surprised to find Keanu Reeves good for once.