5 items from 2011
★★☆☆☆ Rumours are currently swirling around the internet as to the identity of the 'Surprise Film' at this year's 55th BFI London Film Festival, with Simon Curtis' My Weekend with Marilyn currently a strong contender alongside Bruce Robinson's The Rum Diary and Brad Pitt's Moneyball. However, one film has already screened at this year's Lff that (admittedly indirectly) explores the life of the iconic Marilyn Monroe - Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou, 2011).
French actor Jean-Paul Rouve plays David Rousseau, a crime writer who unfortunately finds himself stranded in the snow-covered town of Mouthe, Eastern France. However, his luck soon changes as he hears about the recent, suspicious death of local bottle blonde icon and weather girl Candice Lecoeur. With new found inspiration for his next book and an unhealthy obsession with the deceased, David soon discovers that Candice's death may not have been the simple »
- Daniel Green
Even though she died nearly 50 years ago, Marilyn Monroe still holds a fascination for many film and conspiracy theory lovers. Director and co-screenwriter Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's film Nobody Else but You is a relatively light neo-noir thriller, with rather bizarre twists and a strange semblance to the life of the famous dead American blonde movie star. Combining mystery, noir, sex and more than a little French eccentricity and joie de vivre, the film, with general success, puts obsession under a microscope David (Jean-Paul Rouve) is a crime writer, come to a small town in the coldest part of France to collect an inheritance from an estranged uncle. He stumbles upon the recent mourning of the death of Candice (Sophie Quinton), a local celebrity, whose »
Poupoupidou (Nobody Else But You)
Director: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
In French with English subtitles
How much do you really know about cinema’s most famous blonde? Director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s Poupoupidou isn’t a biopic of Marilyn Monroe, but certain details about the life and death of Martine Lingevin, aka Candice Lecoeur, aka cheese poster girl “Belle de Jura” may seem very familiar.
That title is a reference to “I Wanna Be Loved by You”, Marilyn’s famous number from Some Like It Hot. The opening credits seem to be taking their cue from Bert Stern’s Vogue photos – diaphanous top, nipple, bare flesh. It’s just the tip of the iceberg for cinephiles – an appropriate metaphor for a movie set in a snowbound town in Eastern France.
Poupoupidou is one of those films in which the two leading characters never meet because one of them is already dead. »
The double bill I’m most looking forward to features Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon, who I first saw in the brilliant Shotgun Stories (2007). Take Shelter is his second collaboration with writer/director Jeff Nichols and finds Shannon in dark territory again as a man whose psychological problems put him at odds with his small-town community.
Shannon also plays the husband of Linda Cardellini’s stressed-out combat veteran in Return, a film about the pressures of war on those left at home. The Missing Person showed that Shannon can temper his intensity with a wonderfully dry sense of humour and he definitely has the talent to be a leading man and not just an accomplished supporting player.
Michael Fassbender’s A Dangerous Method and Shame have already been reviewed during the recent Toronto International Film Festival, though I am keen to see to both them. Do we need to talk about Kevin, »
The BFI London Film Festival revealed the lineup for its 55th edition today, a total of 204 feature films and 110 shorts screening between October 12 and 27: "In addition to our previously announced opening and closing night films, Fernando Meirelles's 360 and Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea, Gala highlights include George Clooney's The Ides of March, Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. This year's Archive Gala title is the BFI National Archive's restoration of Miles Mander's The First Born with a new score by Stephen Horne."
Nine strands make up the festival: Galas & Special Screenings, Films on the Square (sample highlight: Bruno Dumont's Outside Satan), New British Cinema (Simon Pummell's Shock Head Soul), French Revolutions (Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's Nobody Else But You), Cinema Europa (Rúnar Rúnarsson's Volcano), World Cinema (Sivaroj Kongsakul's Eternity), Experimenta (featuring, »
5 items from 2011
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