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It's the first time I've seen Besson amazing visual ability matched up
with a decent story. It's the first time the story had real sense of
humor, not just a few lame jokes here and there. And to top it all his
pseudo philosophical babbling, was almost kept in check. So we got his
signature strong woman character, with a nice male partner. We got a
very convincing villain, played superbly by Clive Owen. And some very
decent performances from the supporting cast. I really couldn't ask for
And to tell you the truth I was expecting only the visuals, and almost waiting for the story to stop making sense. It does call for some literary suspension of judgment - but all true science fiction and comics do. The plot line is a bit convoluted but nothing you couldn't follow if you pay attention. And for Luc Besson who usually regards the story as an unnecessary burden, this is a real achievement. The only one that came close to this one in his past was Leon.
I'm always happy for this sort of a surprise, may this be the sign of things to come.
I didn't see any of the earlier films of Fiona Gordon and Dominique
Abel, and the two cooperate well over 20 years.Though the two moved
into directing their movies more recently. So All I can say about this
film will be based on what I saw in it, as is. It's obviously very
funny, you won't find many that will disagree with it being charming
too. It's sense of humor is goofy and very physical, and the two work
very well together, just watch their dance scene and you can see how
well they move with one another. No wonder that dancing seems to be an
integral part of many of their movies. What I wish to point here is
that this hilarious physical humor is clever too. Not only because
making it all work demands very careful and clever writing. This sort
of physical humor has to be very precise, and it must also seem to flow
naturally, which calls for the highest level of coordination. But this
movie also communicates with the past of its own stars. Just like the
dance of Fiona and Dom refers too their previous movies, so for
instance is Pierre Richard, as Norman during his own dance routine with
the superb Emmanuelle Riva, loses one black shoe - the reference to his
biggest role doesn't need any more details.
On top of all that, it's also important to mention that this is an ensemble of actors all working together in perfect coordination, and this is too something to behold.
There's one reason to see this film - an amazing performance of
Clotilde Courau. The rest of the film is paled in comparison. The story
itself has nothing special to offer. Philippe Garrel's direction is
very professional but offers very little character. His special
requirement of single take for every scene seems to have inspired the
extraordinary performance of Clotilde Courau, so he does deserve credit
for it, but nothing else stands out here. And I did find his use of
narration, point less and annoying. All other aspects of the film are
professional too but falling out flat.
On the other hand, it's worth seeing if only for the superlative performance of Clotilde Courau, which I already mentioned.
One last point, has to do with the name of the movie. In French it's called L'ombre des Femmes, which translates simply as The Shadow of Women. It's a very small difference from In the Shadow of Women, but it's an unnacessary difference that shouldn't have been there.
Savi Gabizon presents us with a unique take on parenthood, on love, on
mourning and on a few other very mundane issues. He gets superb
performance from Shai Avivi, and Assi Levy, isn't falling long behind
him. (and even that is simply due to a shorter amount of screen time).
In fact every aspect of this film is of the highest quality, but it
seems to me that Gabizon simply fell in love with his own unique twists
and turns and even after he made all his points and told us all he had
to tell, the movie drags on for 10 extra minutes or so. And than
eventually ends exactly where we knew it'll end.
So instead of fresh and unique view on all the issues I counted at the beginning, we're left with a "soap opera" and not in a good way. It was so close to being a perfect 10, and ended being an 8/10 - simple waste.
This film, does raise an interesting question, about identity,
relationships and trust. It does refer to Luis Bonuel's Movie That
Descret Object of Desire. But at the bottom line it doesn't say
anything new. Anything worth seeing the movie for. In fact after
raising the question, Sang-Soo Hong, the film's director seems to have
run out of steam and the ending is simply patched up and forced. As if
he couldn't really solve the riddle he laid in his movie, so he settled
for the first lame idea he could come up with.
It's well acted and professionally directed, but the ending is leaving the whole experience with a bad after taste of a half baked cake.
No trick photography, no special gimmicks. Nothing out of the ordinary
is needed when the life story we're presented with is so unique. The
Hedy Lamarr story is way more than a biography of an old timer who used
to be a Hollywood star. It's more than the story of "the most beautiful
woman in the world" whose talents well exceeded her beauty.
It's a story of our failings as a society when faced with whatever defied the conventions we live by. And the tragedy of those that wouldn't fit under the labels we like to stick on whoever crosses our path. To put it in a single sentence it's a story most of us know nothing about but all of us should. If you do get the chance just go see it.
The Cary Grant/Archibald Leach story is a treasure trove almost
impossible to fail at. In fact it's such a compelling story that
despite the failings of the director one does stay through to the end
watching this tale. And personally I don't have a problem with missing
bits of the story like other reviewers do or with the somber tone of
the story. The somber tone, is an integral part of Cary's life, and as
long as the director tells the story I think he does have the right to
omit parts that don't fit into the story he wishes to tell.
On the other hand I did find his pretentiousness very annoying. Having such a wonderful source material the director Mark Kidel had to show how he entered Cary Grant's mind and deciphered his innermost secrets. So he keeps on showing us scenes from Grant's therapeutic sessions with LSD pretending he knows what Grant saw there. It's groundless, pretentious and completely unnecessary for the story itself. But it's being repeated over and over again, and I found it to be detrimental to the movie
It's a brilliant story of guilt and buried secrets coming to the fore.
Using the aesthetics of a western with direct borrowing from High Noon
and from Sergio Leone, especially the waiting for the train scene in
Once Upon a Time in the West. But in this case its used to point the
complete absence of any real hero from the story. The most heroic act
performed by any character in this movie is going away.
This story is a story about all consuming guilt, about petty jealousies and how sin is its own punishment. But above all it's a story of how the war doesn't end when it ends. And it's done with a very competent hand and deep understanding of cinematic media. A very good ensemble of actors, amazing cinematography, great story and superlative directing.
This is the 2nd feature film Shady Srour directs and stars in. I didn't see his first, but the 2nd does show a very confident film maker, who understands his subject matter very well and knows how to make the camera tell a story. The actors also do their share. in a very Israeli story, told from the Arab point of view. It does spread a bit too widely for its own good, but all together it's worth a viewing, if only for the good use of cinematic language. It's not getting the credit it should get in modern film making.
If you're looking for something brand new and original, this is not the
place for you. But personally, I don't rate originality so very high.
What you'll find here, is just as my title said: some new variations on
the same old story with the same old plot twists and the same old
characters. Obviously, the villains have been replaced by new villains,
which look like the same old villains. But it's like a great symphony,
you can hear it over and over again without being bored, as long as the
performance is good.
Well the performance is superb. Once again it's slapstick of the highest quality, with just enough wit to tickle our brain. Once again it's a story about the triumph of family and family love over anything trying to separate its members. Yes it's sugarcoated, but the constant appeal to our laughing bone makes the whole thing edible, and as I already said, fun to eat, (and watch).
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