Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »
The Lu Le,
Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen,
Huu Thanh Nguyen
The Peruvian anti-terrorist army takes control of a far away and unknown small village isolated in the Andes by the terrorist militia "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path), during the dirty war in Peru at 80's decade.
In this disturbing family drama, a prosperous middle-aged farmer takes up gambling and whoring at the expense of his devoted second wife. Meanwhile, his son the pervert becomes fascinated ... See full summary »
Ne Me Quitte Pas is a tragicomic ode to failure. Set in the Belgian countryside, Bob (Flemish) and Marcel (Walloon) share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol. It is a story about mortality in a place where time seems to stand still.
I really enjoyed the first half of this oddball 'documentary', in it's dark humored portrait of two aging eccentric sad sack alcoholics, and their 'us against the world' friendship. It feels like something out of Jim Jarmusch, or a less wacky "Toni Erdman". But at least on first viewing, the 2nd half --which grows somewhat more serious as one of the men tries to kick his alcohol addiction -- also felt more a little more familiar and even emotionally manipulative.
The question also arises 'how much of this is staged?'. While the film calls itself a documentary (something I was not aware of as I watched it), and the film-makers have said they were essentially only flies on the wall for the 2 years of filming, everything from the intimacy of some of what they filmed (e.g. filming in the middle of the night in people's homes, or filming in a hospital and showing various nurses and patients, all of whom seem unaware of and/or unfazed by the camera), to the camera angles, to sometimes seeming to have multiple angles on a scene, bespeak at least some level of controlled or scripted storytelling is going on here.
In addition, if these men are truly are in the self destructive state we see, then the film starts to feel cold and uncaring. It's one thing to enjoy the decline of fictional characters in a black comedy, another if these are real people seriously discussing suicide, and slowly drinking themselves to death.
I need to see this one again.
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