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Little Girl Blue (2007)

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This story of one day during which a life can be turned upside down was written and directed by Alice Nellis and produced by Oscar winning director Jan Sverák. Julie (Iva Bittová), a ... See full summary »

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This story of one day during which a life can be turned upside down was written and directed by Alice Nellis and produced by Oscar winning director Jan Sverák. Julie (Iva Bittová), a translator, has just moved into a new house with her husband Richard (Karel Roden), and their teenage daughter Cecilie (Martha Issová). Their life is supposed to be that of a perfect, happy family. Hearing news of the death of her favorite singer is the starting point for Julie to realize that her life is not as ideal as it seems. First, she gets an impulse to buy a piano. Then, during just one day's journey pursuing this idea, she changes her life completely. She must resolve her past and present first if she wants to start a new life. Written by Czech film center

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Poor Direction makes for Boring Film
22 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I attended the first Canadian screening at Reel Talk (a monthly screening event sponsored by the Toronto International Film Festival) on October 21, 2007. I was utterly disappointed by this film. I ascribe my disappointment to its director from whom one should expect considerably more.

The movie seemed unsure how to present itself: it is billed as a drama but slips into comedy, song and dance. Ultimately it ranks as a film one would expect to see as a low-rated TV soap opera.

All the characters are wooden. There is no character development. Emotions are displayed by mimed movement rather than dialog or body or facial expression. Ultimately the film is simply boring. One does not care for any of the principals.

The thrust of the film is when the leading actress finds need to pay homage to the late great American jazz artist Nina Simone. However, this actress who I understand is a critically acclaimed Czech chanteuse never offers up her musical talent. I am sure with such a big name musical artist the Czech viewers will leave the theater disappointed. It is not so much that she fails to sing; it is that had she displayed her real talent the movie would have been much more engrossing.

Directors can't live on their laurels and their reputation is only as good as their last picture. This director's reputation deserves being at rock bottom.


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