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The first temptation can be to define it as a classic. But its basic virtue remains the status of admirable crafted adaptation of the novel. In simple , precise manner, the war, the civil life, the kick of teacher to become volunteers, the portraits of characters and , sure, the lines of book are reflected in honest way , offering a clear image of war without ambition to impress.
A beautiful film , for me, i admitt, the best version of the All Quiet on the Western Front, for the noble simplicity , offered first by the masterpiece of Erich Maria Remarque, but, not less, for the context of its aparition and for the echo in our time.
In short, easy to define it as gem or masterpiece or example for proper war film.
In fact, a profound honest work. It is enough for be one of memorable films.
Love at Sky Gardens (2021)
not bad at whole
Surprising for me, I like it. For the courage to propose something little different. For acting. For good intentions, to.
Not a different Hallmark but provocative, in some measure, one. And this is the significant thing - to propose a nice story about passion, integrity, an eccentric couple and the work for their wedding, a garden on roof and a relation in which the partners are too differents for stay, after long time, together.
A honest film - this can be its basic virtue, fair- realistic perspective about work, loyalty and second chance in love, friendship and essential decisions.
So, obvious, a Hallmark. But just a good one. Serious !
Me Before You (2016)
Emilia Clarke. and few details
I ignored the book, supposing same cheesy story , romance in unfair tones and the end as puzzle of compromises.
I saw the film for Emilia Clarke. And, indeed, she is just brilliant. For Charles Dance, to.
I admitt, not the subject was the impressive part. I saw Dying Young by Joel Schumacher and the emotions are closed in that story. But I appreciated the details in the case of Me Before You. The castle, first, the family atmosphere, the relation between main characters, the dialogues.
And, I repeat, I was seduced, again, by magnificent - inspired work of Emilia Clarke.
In short, a decent story and, maybe, few presumed tears. A tragic romance and fair end.
And, sure, decent job of entire team.
The Mug (2022)
One of everyday situations - the prepaired coffee, its status of premise for a good day, the too late and gone to job- school-medical cabinet- duties, the return and the new tasks front to too tired.
And the vital coffeee mug is ignored.
In this case, the mix of fatigue, angry and no solutions are sources of a good idea after an incident familiar in same measure, for many from us.
The result, a film, very short, reminding a spring day, lovely for image and for music and, especially, for fair dose of humor. Not the last, for opoportunity to recognnize yourself in this situation.
In short, just lovely.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
that kind of film
It is just that kind of film who offers , scene by scene, exactly what you suppose . It is not exactly predactibility. It can be a too familiar recipe. But, for elders like me, very near by 50 years old, it is just fresh air, gentle flavors of nostalgia and fair refuge front contemporary blockbusters.
I t is magnificent acted and the dialogues are just realistic slices from a reality who you feel as right and normal.
It proposes one of the most admirable roles of Vivien Leigh and the chemistry between her and Robert taylor is precious.
I loved the work of Maria Ouspenskaya as Madame Olga and feeled her profound good intentions, her refuge in ballet as wise used part of the life of White Russians refuged in West.
In short, Waterloo Bridge is exactly that kind of film who you deserve to see it.
May I have this seat? (2020)
in the city bus
The story is simple and admirable crafted. A pregnand woman, in a full bus, asks a man to give up his seat. He refuses, prepairing his son for an exam. The conflict between lady and man becomes more and more intense, against his obvious good intentions.
A friend of woman solves, for moment, the situation.
But not at whole.
The true characters of this admirable crafted short film are ...the iphones. The people filming the scenes of conflict, not intervening for aplanate the tension , to give the seat to lady or to support the man.
And this is one of sources of precious virtues of film - its impressive realism. You know the situation, mayto too well. You know the characters. You know the reaction of passagers . Exactly this fact transforms this short film in a gem.
an ordinary grandma
At the second floor, in balcony, in a not so attractive block, a venerable lady in armchair. A solution for physiological need of her small dog. A fat boy attracted by idea of game with dog. And , after a not polite gesture , his generousity for venerable owner of pet.
The last part is so predictable than exactly this becomes the source of seduction of this dark, very dark short film. The neighborhood, the posters, the music, the thrill are good clues for not be surprised by end, familiar itself from a Hansel and Gretel, par example.
The only question is about the presence of boy in what seems an abandoned, for obvious motives, building.
But the characters, the music, the spiced humor are reasonable solutions for like this very short animation. And the dog is just cherry on top.
La confessione (2018)
A delicat subject , scene by scene explored, in graceful manner. The impression of a way crafted step by step.
A young man, in church, confessing to a distred priest, his sin. A sin who can not be confesed, in fact, but exactly this need of silence, intensity of desire , the priest interpreting in too general manner, each word of believer are the good points of film.
The church itself, for each element componsing it, for the tears of sinner covering the rosary, for the benches and Christ crucified and the icon of His Mother, for presumed clues and the circle of suppositions about forbidden love are the good pieces for the intense last scene.
In short, example of art of admirable director , beautiful constructed story and compassion for a form of awful bitterness.
Io non le credo (2017)
in night, a talk
The talk, in night, between an exorcist priest and a man , the last defining as source of his fears a demonic presence in basement of his house.
The priest has not trust in the words of believer. Obvious, he is new in parochy and the rumors about Mr. Marchesi are not so easy ignored by him.
The first temptation is to see as sin of film the bad acting.
And, indeed, it is not high one but decent works well to define it. The last scenes are the axis of story - the priest knows and the falling cross , like the pupil in time of talk are the clues. But the truth can not be admitted for reasons very clear for viewer.
So, a short film about truth. Simple, precise, offering few nice fists of questions about trust and fear and excuses of a not so convinced by the words of man front her , of a pries.
autumn colors. and not only colors.
The easy and fair definition can be only I like it very near by I love it.
For acting - especially the mother -, for music, for cinematography and for the graceful, gentle manner to confirm the pieces of this romance.
Delicacy , i suppose, is the basic trait of this short film about the return, after seven years, of a 24 years old young man , after a terrible car accident, after the death of his father, keeping a secret who seems out of any form of confession.
The detail seducing me - the autumn colors, the old buildings , the small gestures - the plate with wafes and the answers of Nicolo is one of them.
In short, its significant virtue is to be just a film about viewer. The passing time, the events from past, the new reality and the friends who ignore to come back home, the reactions, so gentle , of mother and the talk with the friend.
And, sure, not the last, the beautiful acting, becoming one with the images.
Warming Up to You (2021)
I saw this film for the presence in cast of Dolores Drake. And, indeed, she offers a great job. But , in same measure, it is unfair to not appreciate the effort, with nice results, of the rest of cast.
Sure, predictable, defined by cliches, the Hollywood star and the trainer, two romance stories and the ex present in clue moment, a project as hommage to personal past and for prosperity of comunity and the expression of gratitude of the hero for his helper.
But a decent work, not remarkable - difficult to be for a Hallmark movie - but honest and correct and, in few scenes, charming.
I admitt, for me is just enough.
Zoba Niama (2014)
a sort of hold up
Two guys , in an African restaurant. Their plan for a hold up. Versions, vulnerable aspects of them, a neighbor table man talking about his business. And their surprise.
Easy to define, in different sense than you are familiar, as ...racist short film.
In fact, only an easy comedy about men in web of Peter Pan syndrome , imatures, some stupid and naives, part victims of cliches and films.
In same measure, a nice portrait of reaction of venerable clients of restaurant and the inspired contrast between their imagined reactions of people and the real ones.
In short, nice in profound sense . Mazbe, too short but the message is offered in just charming manner.
Le vigneron et la mort (2021)
A beautiful love story. Seductive for familiar ingredients, flavors of childhood fairy tales and crumbs from Edgar Allan Poe and, especially, for the remind of recent pandemic.
In same measure, splendid crafted.
In short, a gem, with a winemaker reminding Pinocchio / Peter Pan, for fascinating image ( and revenge ) of death, for the consequence, terrible one, of a mistake of youth and for the eulogy of seduction of wine.
I admitt, it is a film who real i love. First, for lovelz trip across memories about early youth. Second, for atmosphere. Not the last, for the remind of stories from past about eternal life.
No doubts, pure gem.
A young man, obsessed by cell phone, becomes a sort of device of comunication tool. First sights are ignored but the situation becomes more complicated, to the worst.
An exam, ignored itself, is the occasion to understand the consequences of addiction. The last scene offeres the cold, precise verdict about the metamorphosis .
At the middle way between horror and Sci. Fi., the short film is a seductive and fair parable about a so often discovered habit , defining, in some measure, many from us.
Good acted and inspired images, fair construction of tension and metamorfosis - with Kafkaiesque touch - and not unrealistic portrait of contemporary youth, it is just the simple warning and kick to discover the real life, direct comunication with the other.
Closed Mondays (1974)
A charming parable about thin border between life and art. A drinken man in an art gallery in evening. His discoveries , his experiences and the truths front to it.
A wise and seductive crafted short animation , a simple story about illusions and reality and one of perfect ends.
But the precious gift is the final feeling, a mix of nostalgia and tenderness , flavors of childhood and feeling of be older, both working in interesting manner together.
A parable, many. Useful for fair status of experience profound unique.
The result is a kick to reflection about significant things defining the life.
in a local cantina, a venerable lady and her story
It reminds me the novel Baltagul by Mihail Sadoveanu. An old lady , in a local cantina, telling a story to three men. She seems a beggar, being , in fact, only a revenger. Two virtues make this short film special . First - the clash between myth + fantastic + archetypal silhouettes and the classic recipe of western. Second - the impressive performance of garaciela Patino, reminding old wakawatis. Her story grows up in her , like a seed, like a young tree, like fruits giver. And the only sin, maybe, it is the final , deja feeled in intense manner.
A great short film about justice and truth and words as smoke of a hidden fire eating the listeners.
Un état d'urgence (2016)
a suitcase. an open window
A short film about the shadow of terorism. Pieces of a simple story about soldiers guarding a building in Paris after terorist atentat. One of them - in full tension. The other - les implied, at the first sight.
A suit case in street. Abandoned. An open window and the movements of people behind the curtain. Two Muslim guys on a bench. An agressive young man, forcing the entrance on isolated street. A homeless taking the suitcase.
The tension, as a sort of smoke, defining this well crafted short film in which images are more significant than the acting , giving soul to story.
A story of fears and presumations.
In short, fair portrait of too familiar reality of last two decades.
The Plumber (2020)
for a noble cause
Inspired by the example of Irena Sendler in Warsaw Ghetto, this very short film reminds the sacrifice for saving the others, ignoring and assuming, in same measure , risks . A woman, with a plumber suitcase, in an empty house. Near a toy, somebody in blue blancket. She is stopped by a Nazi officer for check the suitcase.
The barking of a dog saves her. The end says the beautiful complicity for the succes of noble cause.
One of that admirable crafted short films, it gives the nice sensation to be more than a six minutes duration one. First, for smart - inspired image. Second, for fair - beautiful work of Christine Celazzi. Not the last , for the scene of the gift for sad boy. And, sure, for the construction of tension in the empty house.
In short, beautiful in profound manner.
A young couple . A refugee. The deal between them. And the reserves , fears, reticence of the man. The refuge, philip, gives the money to the couple, they assume the duty to smuggle him across the border.
But what seems clear and precise defined becomes a wave of doubts in the case of one of partners of couple.
This realism is the precious treat of film; because it is just not difficult to understand the motives of presumed cowardess of man and the ferm position of his wife. The law, the conflict against autorities, the radical change in a simple life, the self conservation are obvious.
More than them - the prejudices.
At the end, the only significant character becomes Philip, the guy from Guinea , who seems not understand the dialogue, change of attitude, return of money or the conflict between the people face to him .
The result - a beautiful film about moral duties against self security.
Pandemic Spy (2021)
The changes of recent pandemic is the subject of this very nice short film. The manner to affect every day ordinary routine. The lab rat for demonstration - a spy and his partner. Their meetings, change of informations, essential parts of activity are affected by new rules. The park - place of activity is , at the first sight, the most affected.
So, improvised solutions , nice new pieces of routine, British humor and few lovely scenes.
The irony rules and the memories about recent experiences give to film a special charme. Because, in fact, this mix of genres is just about us, the viewers. Thespy - especially a pretext - key for not forgive so bizarre monts from recent past.
Love at Look Lodge (2020)
not so bad
Not ignoring the effort of Jonathan Kelty and Clark Backo to give some credibility to story, I am tempted to be more than indulgent about this film.
Sure, the chemistry between characters is inexistent and the story has too many holes, reminding, more, unfortunatelly, a sort of improvisation. The unrealism of situations and not the most inspired dialogues are other huge problems in this case.
But it is only, just another Hallmark. You know the recipe and the expectations are moderate if you are not a true fan.
The ingredients are not exactly fresh but the good intentions are a sort of decent compensation for this. So, finally, it is not exactly so bad.
I saw it grace my old fascination about dolls. And I loved the idea, the craft and tension. Another very nice aspect remains the predactibility.
I hated the cliches , more proper for a parody of horor movies. The worst - the crazy unrealism, normal for magic, absurd for scientific project.
But it is a nice film for a large public. And this is the point. Familiar scenes, brutal murders, a doll, sure, very - too- crazy complex , but a doll, an adult unprepaired be pare and her life being one with her work, a sensitive little girl and surogate, perfect, at the first sight, for cure her vulnerability.
The lesson about parenting is just fair and useful and, in some measure, it is the significant aspect.
And few scenes are pure inspired for status of crumbs of presumed noir film.
A film about atachment, technology and its risks, using not the most inspired cliches , children and adults and few good drops of so familiar spices from the other films of genre.
The result - decent to nice.
In short, far to be waste of time, it has pleasant moments and reasonable story. And, yes, M3GAN is just ...interesting.
Boy in Court (1940)
A nice perspective about attitude of American justice about juvenile crime. The rehabilitation as main interest . A probation agent as a sort of surogate father, a wise judge, the integration in family and the discover of interest who change the young deliquent in a good man.
Not different by many short educational films of period but answering to old and permanent questions about young people attitude, single mothers and their fragile autorithy and the way to integrate in society, as exemplary citizen, of a teenager.
Idealistic ? In some measure, off course. But more suignificant , useful for suggest a fair solution in a delicate case.
A Christmas Gift (1980)
a boy with blue hat. and a venerable lady
A touching story of Christmas of a blue hat boy. His walk in town , front to rich decorated windows of shops, front a house , in which the joy of host and guests is more powerful than the lights inside. In final, he discover a lonely venerable lady in a modest house and he decides to share with her the pice of his bread, the slice of chees.
It is more than a beautiful, inspired short film about Christmas but an inspired poem about loneliness. The song of Paul Stookey has a good virtue in this.
Again, the film reminds the virtues of work with clay for something being very easy to define as realism but being , in fact, just little more.
In short, touching to lovely, profound emotional short animation.
Im Westen nichts Neues (2022)
feeling the war
After decades, I reread the novel by Erich Maria Remarque exactly for be prepaired to see this film. And the lines are so powerful than it is difficult to see it, especiallzy today, as literature but as tool for understand the near reality.
The film has same basic purpoise; easy to admire the cinematography or acting or the sounds , atmosphere and the different levels of war. But each of them is precise tool to feel each nuance. This not transforms it is good or inspired adaptation , but in a powerful, intense warning and in a so realistic fresco of life on front than everz comentary is replaced by a brutal kick to reflection about meanings, profound ones, of war. It is Western front. It can be Ukraine . And this transforms it in more than a significant candidat for prizes . But as clear, cold definition of the essence of reality, in the most direct manner. A reality who you plenty, feel it.