Go with Le Flo (2014)
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Where many independent films start to drag on and get boring, this film picks up the pace with fun slapstick charisma. And new characters are delightfully introduced, grabbing at the audience in witty confrontation.
The film closes with what may seem to be a cheese ball flair of emotion. But in keeping with the style of the film, it doesn't come off that way at all. It plays as tasteful humor, mixed with relatable heart warming fun, in a well crafted slapstick fashion.
What I experienced for 80 minutes was not some fantasy world or exotic tale far from my own life but the lovely spirit of a contemporary filmmaker capturing the joy of everyday life: The fun we have with awkward moments, the hilarious entanglements and slapstick scenes that happen to us usually when nobody is around to record it for the world to see.
I came out of this movie with a light heart having encountered real people in a real world with real problems and it all makes sense. What's new about this romantic comedy? The unique way in which it was captured on screen, and the palpable joy of cast and film team working on real locations comes across in every frame.
'Go With Le Flo' is as delicate as a summer breeze in Berlin: if you don't open your heart, you'll miss it.
This is a sweet, unpretentious comedy that uses lighthearted humor, impossible situations, absurdity and a little tongue in cheek delivery to bring a very clean, delightful story to the screen.
The setting is charming.
The subtitles are well paced.
Take a break from Hollywood tedium, and try something creative and fresh.
Go With Le FLo!
GO WITH LE FLO is an exciting departure from the usual (if there's such a thing as the usual from this duo) in that it's the filmmakers' first foreign-language film -- with the exception, I believe, of the eggplant movie-within-a-movie in KARATE FILM CAFE, which doesn't really count. Roberta Bianchini, a BBG film regular, is always a welcome sight, but nearly everyone charms in this effort as well. There's an immediacy to the camera technique that lets you know the size of the budget behind it (watch the behind-the-scenes content to see the magic at work) but again -- it's all part of the intimate charm of a film that expends its energy in the right places in true BBG fashion.
I don't recommend this film for people who like watching CGI dinosaurs getting punched in the face by robots against a backdrop of exploding coastal cities, but heartily support viewing by fans of handcrafted romantic comedies. Get your popcorn, settle in and Go With Le Flo.
Max Alvarez, film historian, author, former contributing film critic for The Washington Diplomat, The Milwaukee Journal, and Shepherd Express.
On his search for a soul mate, our bemused food shop owner hero encounters delightful customers, residents and visitors to this buzzing international city, along with pratfalls, stuffed sausages and a rather slippery plate of sauerkraut.
I recommend this joyous, well acted film that hearkens back to a gentler time and is reminiscent of the wonderfully human Italian film "Bread and Chocolate". Do yourself a favor and "Go with Le Flo" to the German capital.
Interestingly, the movie is a bit of paradox. Although cutting edge DIY equipment is used to create the film, the actual content hearkens back to the simple effective storytelling styles of years past. Direct, heart-warming, character driven story with slapstick comic relief.
Michael Glover and Robyn Rosenkrantz have yet again set a high bar for the phrase - GO GETTER.
Go see the movie, meet these 2 wonderful creators and I promise it'll warm your heart.
Brutally honest: While I admit the end portion in the film studio got too fantastical (for me), Jenny's speech to Florian helped bring all the surrounding pieces into a sharp focus.
I think it's a refreshing film. I recommend it if you want something a little different. It's not a blockbuster But it has charm.
This is a film that has the real indie spirit. I hope to see more films like this put out into the world. Give Hollywood a run for their money.
In this French/German romantic comedy Bright Blue Gorilla strut their stuff as directors, producers and composers of great music. A lot of love has been poured into their work, and it comes gushing out right at you. A must see for every hopeless romantic, and for anyone else at that!
This movie was my first encounter with Bright Blue Gorilla, and a wonderful one at that. I was surprised to learn about their happy go lucky mentality, which surprisingly enough has kept them roaming the earth for 24 years already. For independent artists that's an accomplishment in itself, but they manage to create beautiful things in the process.
And what an experience that was. There's nothing really new in the movie itself. The story of the two best friends who love each other without knowing it has been written a million times. The misunderstandings that occur in a couple from two different nationalities and the search for the one true love have also been shown many times. So Go with le Flo doesn't revolutionize the cinema itself, but it definitely revolutionizes your experience as a spectator. And it starts even before the film begins, when the Bright Blue Gorillas, aka Michael Glover and Robyn Rosenkrantz, appear on stage. When they tell their story, you can't help but think « whoa, so those people really exist, they really sold everything they had to come to Europe and start making music and movies ». In a frantic world, where it is expected from everyone to find his way fast and to stay on it, their sweet madness is refreshing and inspiring. Then, when they start to sing, they instantly put you in another mood. Their songs are catchy, funny, witty and you can't help your feet to follow the rhythm and your hands to clap. After this intro, you know that you are already being part of something original, something different.
Then the film starts and when Denis Aubert (the actor who plays Florian, the lead role) appears and starts to speak, you know you're gonna love that movie. The actor is simply perfect. His face captures all the emotions and he makes you alternately want to laugh and cry, according to whether is being rejected or loved. But he's not the only one. All the actors are perfect in their own role, especially the two friends of the main characters played by Roberta Bianchini and Luisa Wietzorek. It never feels exaggerate, on the contrary, it feels like every actor, every musician, every talent is highlighted. The whole movie reminds us of the old comedies using very basic but efficient situation comedy. And as a French spectator, I've got to say that the scene where Florian, as a young boy, watches a perfectly parodic « nouvelle vague » French movie is one of my favorite. It goes without saying that not everything is meant literally. There are lots of parodic and ironic moments but that's what makes the movie even funnier. Of course you can see that the budget for the movie was really tight, but they've still managed to make wonders, working all together. And at the end, it doesn't feel like your watching a movie, but it feels like you're watching a family film, like you're watching people you seriously care about. You're simply living it.
The Bright Blue Gorillas come from Los Angeles, they don't seem to speak German or French, and yet they have managed to capture something of Europe symbolized by French-German relationships and most importantly, they have managed to create a real sense of community. And at the end, when you watch the credits, you also feel like you belong to this group, to this community. You are not a passive spectator watching a regular feature film, you're being part of something more original. Watching Go with le Flo is an experience that gently brings you to admit the fact that art and cinema appear in many different forms, the same way there are human beings of all shapes and sizes.
Go with Le Flo reminds me what going to the movies is all about. A great story with makes me Forget that I am watching actors, but that touches my heart and makes me laugh, sigh, giggle and cry. And after leaving the movie center still makes smile.
Go with Le Flo joins wonderful films like Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Serial (bad) weddings, Olivier Nakache's The Intouchables, My Greek wedding.
Enjoy the real reason why one goes to the movies. To be touched!
Denis Aubert, Marina Senckel , Roberta Bianchini are all verbally and physically very funny people, and they were believable because their supporting cast created a world around them we could believe.
Even the actors with very short parts connected with the audience and made us laugh. Over all the movie fulfills all it's contracts, stays in the real but never stops being funny.
Well worth an evening.