In a desolate and colorless landscape stands a dilapidated bathhouse run by a puffed-up blind man, his long-suffering wife, and their son Anton, who does all the work. He's lonely and ... See full summary »
In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.
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Tsai Ming-liang returns with this latest entry in his Walker series, in which his monk acquires an unexpected acolyte in the form of Denis Lavant as he makes his way through the streets of a sun-dappled Marseille.
Denis has committed yet another crime. But instead of sending him to prison, the judge offers him an alternative : to work in a home for young psychotics. Denis accepts. At first, he feels ... See full summary »
Luckily this is not the side of France (all other bad raps aside) that we regularly see or tourism would be worse than that of Detroit.
The thing I found most interesting about this film is the plain language, almost indiscernable at points in its guttural aspects and the fact that it presented French life like many places--plain, miserable at times and a struggle...).
Well acted and technically sound, I won't analyze it here since this is not for the NY Times and some other blow-hard will at some point. Thematically though, I will say it is played out in many a western "gangsta' film as well as some of those which are not either, and in this respect, nothing particularly sets it aside.
However, for a student of the French language it may prove challenging, since I felt it was difficult to follow at times and the mix of "street language" is very cool for upping one's punk vocabulary for sure. This will play better depending on who you are as an audience. What I'd rate it is a relative middle of the road...
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