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La cérémonie (1995)
The performances were fine, Huppert in particular was a lot of fun to watch, but the camera direction was awful, completely chilly and remote like the worst of Haneke's work. The remove and coldness, this intentional distance leaving room for judgment from the filmmaker (and the audience) rather than more fluid and closer shots encouraging closeness and empathy, really made the whole thing lackluster, at best. Also, there were some very heavy handed and poorly drawn moments used to bash us over the head with the weight of Sophie's secret. Having not read the source material, I'll reserve my opinions on the script, but it felt to me like a completely uninspired outing and can only imagine Chabrol took the job only for the money as he seemed to never find anything that interested him in the story.
Original Sin (2001)
"I just bought a hat!"
funniest unintentional American comedy since Bram Stoker's Dracula. the entire opening weekend audience i saw it with was rolling on the floor.
some of the fifty cent lines in this thing rival Bad Girls' poor Mary Stuart Masterson asking: "We sold our bodies, why can't we sell some wood?"
At one point, an hysterical Antonio, announces, after shooting a man, "I've just killed a man!" in case we were too busy laughing at previous melodrama to notice & to which "Just call me Angie" responds, "Well, I just bought a hat, but I'm not dwelling on it. I don't walk around thinking: I just bought a hat! I just bought a hat!"
go see it when you're feeling sad.