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What better title for Thanksgiving weekend? And what better film for the annual urban exodus than this superb debut feature by French-Swiss director Ursula Meier: a film which deals with both domesticity and travel (and monstrous traffic jams). Home, which opens today at Cinema Village in New York, is a brilliant piece of deadpan surrealism about a family who live right next to the deserted highway that they have incorporated into their existence as their own endless back yard. But when the highway reopens, thundering with trucks, their playground becomes more of a prison.
Starring Isabelle Huppert and Dardennes-favorite Olivier Gourmet, Home is pellucidly shot by the great Agnès Godard (who worked on it right before Claire Denis’ 35 rhums). Meier, a former assistant director to Alain Tanner, stages the film as a unique combination of Tatiesque distance and Pialatian engagement, but she has also mentioned as an influence the photographer Jeff Wall, »
Families arriving at the multiplex for a little pre/post-turkey entertainment have two choices -- separate off into your respective age/gender demographics and indulge yourselves, or stick together in a tragic statement of family unity and purchase seven tickets for "Old Dogs." The choice, it is yours.
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A selection at Cannes 2008 and this year's Swiss Oscar hopeful, the sophomore feature from Ursula Meier centers on a middle class couple (Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet) that enjoys bringing up their children away from urban life in the French countryside. However, the construction of a highway near their home leads to a divide between the two on what's best for their family as the pollution from the cars and the incessant noise begins to drive them a little mad.
Opens in New York; opens in Los Angeles on December 18th. »
- Neil Pedley
- The section devoted to 1st and 2nd films is mostly going with newbies this year. With the exception of Altiplano starring (Olivier Gourmet) from director pairing of Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Khadak), in my opinion, the complete sidebar will be a like throwing a dart aimlessly and hoping to land on something worth your while. In the past couple of years they had Junebug, Me and you and everyone we know, Look Both Ways, Xxy, and my favorite film of the section in 2008 was Aida Begic's Snijep (Snow). This year they have stripped the section down, by perhaps five films less and there are no signs of the Fipresci "revelation of the year" pick - a one slot for a film the organization thinks deserves a second chance. This year, like previousyears they have films from a little bit everywhere - but this year they focused mostly »
No sooner does Berlin begin than the sales agents begin tipping their titles for Cannes. Fortiissimo is touting Taiwan director Tsai Ming-Liang's Face. Helen Loveridge, a founder of Fortissimo has set up her new company and has Cannes hopeful Altiplano directed by Peter Bosens and Jessica Woodworth and starring Jasmine Tabatabi, Olivier Gourmet and Magaly Solier. Her sales on Yes Madam, Sir are going well. TF1 has Love Reclaimed (Aka Starting Over, Tout Peut Recommencer) directed by CHAO Wang and produced by Sylvain Bursztein. A complete Tipped for Cannes Report is available to subscribing clients and will be updated until the final report comes out after the press announcemnt April 23. »
4 items from 2009
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