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11 April 2008 @ 08:29 pm
Festival Films 16-20  
Wednesday, I started with the Scottish film Mister Foe starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as an emotionally disturbed young man with a penchant for sneaking and spying that only gets worse when he flees his family home to Edinburgh. I liked it, but found its grasp on realism a bit shaky. Sophia Myles and Claire Forlani also star.

Next up was Priceless where Amelie's Audrey Tautou plays a seductive gold digger who preys on rich old men in the French Riviera, but accidentally falls for a man (Gad Elmaleh) who may not be able to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed. It's cute, lively, and fun.

After that, I went to see the so-called "mystery film," which the festival gossip had correctly identified as The Wackness (apparently they could only show it under the condition of not promoting it). If you've heard anything about this movie, it's probably that Sir Ben Kingsley makes out with one of the Olsen Twins in it. The main character is a middle class teenage drug dealer in early 90s NYC, who trades pot for therapy with Kinglsey. It was ok, but uncompelling.

Thursday, I saw a great Spanish film called The Sandman about a young nurse learning the secret of her birth and the accompanying story of her dead mother finding love inside a cruelly-run mental institution. It was extremely well done and actually brought a tear to my eye.

The Voyeurs could have been a good film about two video camera installers and the woman they're spying on in Calcutta, but halfway through the director Buddhadeb Dasgupta decided to turn it into a completely different movie. Suddenly, the character arcs and relationships that have been slowly building get thrown out the window for a half-baked story about terrorism. Kind of a waste, because it was pretty interesting up until then.

After that, I decided to join K. and her co-workers for drinks and ended up skipping out on the rest of my day's movies. Just as well. I was needing a break.

 
 
Listening to: A. C. Newman - "The Town Halo"
 
 
 
jover on April 21st, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
In Edinburgh. That's where I'm at now. How else can I get your attention? Whereabouts in the internet do you lurk these days?