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Rapsodiya v byalo (2002)
I'm commenting on this movie not because I have much to say about it, but because there are no other comments and the plot summary doesn't do the movie justice. Nothing really happens in the movie. I mean, it is easy to write a plot summary for a James Bond movie; after all he does save the world.
But how do you write that everything that happens is on her face? The expressions she makes. The way she perceives the world like a child. If it's windy she will pretend to be blown back and froth. If she wants to travel she will pretend to be a locomotive. She believes that her man will fall from the sky and she doesn't want to get thin for him to have something soft to land on.
The title the director had for the movie was Hopeless comedy. It was meant as a comedy and it is funny(not American pie or Scary movie funny, actually funny; at one point it gets Charlie Chaplin funny). But it is actually a sad story. Not heartbreaking. Not pathetic (the director turns everything into comedy). Just sad.
The thing being I liked the movie. It isn't the best movie I ever saw. But I liked it. It is strange, different. Worth seeing. Though it lasts long. I had no problem sitting through it, but it lasts long. At one point the friend I went with actually looked at her watch to see if she was running late for the next movie shown in the very same movie theater. And she liked it,too.
Nothing I say can prepare for what you will see if you go and watch it. Based on the plot summary I was expecting something completely different. And I don't know what I had to have been told to expect something like this.
Anyway, for anybody with a little patience this is a unexpected movie worth seeing.
Je rentre à la maison (2001)
The most beautiful movie I have ever seen
it might be a spoiler I walked out of the cinema and I felt joy, overwhelming feeling of happiness. The movie has (had on me) such a positive impact. So I'm walking completely bemused rewinding the movie in my head. And I realize it is a sad, sad story. So sad.But I don't feel sad, I still feel peacefully calm. And I wonder: how does one make such a sad story, not getting remotely near pathetic and by far surpassing sad, making it.positive? I'm still rewinding the film trying my best to remember every scene, because each one is amazing, but I can feel my forgetfulness creeping up on me. I only had that one chance to see it, on this movie festival. I never got to cinemas, I wasn't expecting it to. Thus it will never get to video-clubs or video-stores (in my country, anyway).
The movie is about life. As simple as that. All the little things we do, so trivial, yet so true. Like the habits we hold on to, or admiring the new shoes you just bought. That is the most beautiful scene for me. He meets his agent for a drink. They are sitting in a café, talking, chatting. But all throughout the conversation the camera is set a level lower. Not above the table, on their faces, but below the table, on their legs. Because he just bought a pair of new shoes. And his legs can't keep still. He is looking at them from this angle, admiring from that one. We all do that. For that brief period while something is new our eyes just keep glancing at it. We all do that, but we just don't pay attention. This is just a fragment of what you will find in this magnificent movie. It is a work of art. If you ever get a chance to see it, don't miss it.
Unless, of course, you like all the same Hollywood movies that have a world saving plot, but are ever so completely empty, in which case this movie is far beyond your comprehension and you will find it meaningless, plotless, boring and painfully slow.
All or Nothing (2002)
A depressing movie that is good, which is the worst combination because all the despair of it will stick with you forever
*might be a spoiler* A good movie? No dispute about that. I know a good movie if I feel it. And this one still, even though I saw it a couple of weeks ago, makes me sick to my stomach when I think about it. Still, I wouldn't recommend it. It lasts forever, which works well for the movie showing how meaningless their lives are. But those were the longest hours of my life. The characters have nothing to say about their lives, nothing to each other; with an exception of Samantha, who screams the point of the movie: WEAK UP!
I wasn't sad, I had no sympathy for the characters. All I felt was depressed, depressed, depressed. The hope that appears at the end of the movie, is nothing more than a flicker before the eternal darkness, because they will continue living their lives just like up to the accident, closed up inside, with nobody really close, no real friends, no connection, no meaning, nothing to look forward to, nothing to hold on to, except the habit of surviving week, after week, after week.And that's just it.