A man (Barr) falls in love from afar with a woman (Winter), who has just broken up acrimoniously with her husband and is disgusted with all men except her gay friends. So he pretends to be ... See full summary »
A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music.
Thomas has killing headaches, Jean-François has stage freight and Benoit's wife has left him. After countless misfortunes the three of them bag a white collar thief that has been evading justice for ten years.
Annette is a young French actress. During her stay in New York to promote her latest film, she meets up with Alex, an Armenian photographer and long time friend. As the week progresses, ... See full summary »
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LE GANT / THE GLOVE is an 8-minute romantic comedy without dialogs. It tells the story of Hervé, a small man who would love to seduce women. One day on his way to work, he picks up the ... See full summary »
Interesting yet cold film, even under the blinding sun of the desert
Doubtless, Kim Nguyen's « La Cité » shows how mature and international Quebec-based (French Canada) cinema can be, at least when it comes to production values.
Camera work and photography are great, slicing breathtaking images out of the desert, with right-on costumes and sets completing the visuals. Sound editing works perfectly too. Actors are serious and professional... and maybe too much for the movie's own good.
This is the main problem with Nguyen's work : none of his actors ever smile, and all of them seem to take life much too seriously. Humor and joy are ever absent of his movies, removing the sparks which make people usually identify with a movie's main characters.
Thus, while the main plot is interesting in itself, the characters' blandness makes it hard to stay focused on the storyline.
Bottom line : Kim Nguyen's next film will probably be great, if he keeps improving... and takes time to inject additional emotions in his characters.
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