Café De Flore... The movie starts. Edgar Cayce's book is snapped by the camera... laughing kids... rushing cars... beautiful women... someone screaming... This is the case when the trailer does not tell you what the movie is about meaning we went to see one movie (with no high expectations) but came back home excited, discussing episode after episode out loudly... There are two story lines that are shown in parallel: two reincarnations of the close souls put in different life situations. One life story occurs in late 70-s, the other - nowadays. But both of them involve the same soul group of people who are trying to resolve similar attachments and similar problems as a result of these attachments. Apparently re-solving your attachments and issues in one lifetime puts together your whole reincarnation cycle in place and ends your suffering in one instant: in one action, in one word pronounced and in one simple thought form.
Fear to lose some one dear in your life prevents you from a vicious cycle that is created by your ego. Forgiveness and love as usual should be the last point of destination. It not only solves the issues on the way to the main purpose of your own life and lightens up the lives of souls involved in the situation. It also clears up the path for your children and lots of close ones involved in your current reincarnation. Mediums and light-workers can help you on your way but in most cases you are the one who is making the last decision. They can only bring you to the water but the one who has eyes will see the water, and the one who does not - will miss it for another lifetime.
There is so much to tell about this movie including the outstanding acting, brightly pictured main characters, breath stopping music, intrigue present, each and every episode grabbing and stirring your inner world and poring like summer water - in abundance - one into the other, like slowly moving bullets; add to this incredible camera work and director's amazing associative solutions to show our inner feelings: under water shooting, flashing lights, suddenly interrupted sounds - you need to see it to get the complete picture. Amazing work of art!
There is the first joy in the movie - one beautiful woman. The second joy is animals: monkeys, cows and calves, goats, parrots and what are they - beavers, oh, no - chipmunks... Right... No joy is bad acting and the movie extended beyond the patience itself. No joy is no Indian dancers (just a glimpse of them - how could they miss that!) and no fighting - both would make the movie much better, but two no-s is one big NO. There is just one last bit: it seemed that the producer really liked to shoot this girl having sex... Too much of it does not feel genuine... But you decide for yourself if you decide to watch...
King of Devil’s Island
What would you do if you were young, underage, locked on an isolated island in a correctional facility, convicted for one thoughtless action of stealing a church donation box and under a strict observation of a handful of dumb and cruel sadists who care only about their own pockets and disgusting pleasures, the vicious supervisors who do not have any sense of self- understanding and who think there is no such thing as punishment or slave’s hammer. Who is the real convict there? Who is the criminal there: the imprisoned boys or the nasty controllers? Aren’t they all “in the same boat”? Will you be living there waiting for your release, tell on your brothers and close your eyes on in-house crimes? What would you do? How long would you wait to rebel? Where is the limit of human humiliation, the bottom of shame and disgrace? May be you will wait for a whale covered with scars who will have enough will power to release you, the whale who will be the key to your freedom and the spiritual liberty key solution for your brothers; may be he will be the one who will not wait for tomorrow when the right day will come but do it here and now… or never. IMHO the violence and brutality in this movie is pretty mild compared to a real life and what we know about concentration camps of WWII and today’s crimes against humanity done in smaller countries and on a global level… Think about it… Can you do anything about it?.. No… me either… It’s hard to write about the movie that you really love, that disturbed your inner core of a free spirit that usually spends a lifetime handing towels to dry the hands of its enslaver….. Please watch how it’s done… and what do we see? The abusers are so scared of a group of school boys armed with axes and sticks that they ask the Norwegian Army unit with guns to defend themselves? “Hi lieutenant, can I please speak with someone in a higher rank… The King of Norway please… Tell him it’s King of Bastøy Island speaking…” … and what do you see? Is it hard to believe it was a true story?..
Delicacy Delicacy... Id it about relationship? Delicious… Is it about soup, coffee, apricot juice or may be it is about life itself… These two words have the same origin... As I mentioned before it is hard to write a review on a very good movie especially when you can relate to it. Though seemingly lightly made it reflects in your soul like a mirror of yourself - in the most profound way. We always get surprised by the French movies – the relationship usually are so genuinely contoured and the actors are selected so immaculately precise as if they would play themselves. Being so positively in love with Audrey Tautou and all her characters since she appeared in Amelie, I should mention that the way she shapes her heroine turns any movie into a piece of art: appetizing humour, natural smile. her dark eyes, her body language and her ability to remove any ego and self-importance from her performance makes that fragile yet tight connection with the audience so appealing… You simply cannot understand how such gracious woman can have such a powerful influence on everything she goes through knocking her heels and directing herself up to her boss’s office to say “no” or to her colleague and more than a friend, Markus’ office to ask: “why”… Now I do not know if I am talking about a real Audrey or just her character… Did we cry? Yes, we sure did…both of us… No, not when her first love tragically dies, not when her friend simply did not approve her choice of a new boyfriend just because he does not look right and normal. We cried when Markus said: “she opens the best, most beautiful side of me…” and the last movie scene was done magnificently… So expect tears… No words – just speechless and so many connections with our lives and our past… Did we laugh? Oh, yes… mostly loud and inappropriately… On Markus clumsiness and his delicacy, on his boss silly behaviour, on Audrey’s face expressions etc… Did the movie surprise us? Yes. With that delicious flavour most of all, with some wonderful director’s solutions of sculpting some episodes, with the time suddenly disappearing and reappearing and much much more… You will enjoy it too. More to that: our friends from Transmission Films Team kindly offered us fifteen 2-4-1 movie tickets to Delicacy.
An absolute, total and entire garbage and more to that: - waste of time! Very cheap and low grade comedy which does not even deserve the name 'comedy'. Lots of rude and disgusting moments that I do not even want to mention here and I do not want to understand. Although Sacha Cohen's idea was brilliant to show the dictators-idiots in their best it could have been done in a much better way. Sorry that such a fantastic actor as ex-Boradt with his LOL-jokes is missing the point in this movie...
Declaration Of War
A beautiful movie about love, family and life. Life is just like a carousel - swinging and turning... and sometimes the earth disapers under your feet. You do not know what the other lapse will bring, how it will challenge your core being and how it will determine your priorities and define who you really are. Why us? "Because we can overcome it..." We liked the music selection, the "runnig" parts of the movie, the "party times", the "family times", the songs sang by the actors, the feeling state the movie brought us into and much much more. Well done
There are not that many movies that have the main hero who is a negative character. He is repulsive; he gets what he wants walking on the heads of everyone: society, colleagues, business partners and his lovers. More to that - he is a winner. You look at the women he walks through, he steps on, he pushes aside and you know they like to be cheated on them; they like to be humiliated, they like to be betrayed as this is the game everyone is playing. Not everyone is invited to the card table though. The game can take your life, but HE wants to live and he plays BIG. He is dumb and poor, illiterate and ambitious, repulsive and vengeful and this all is a bad match. Take a look what life brings him and how he makes his way to the top or does he?.. See how the society squashes him and turn him into dust and what he has to do to survive (just another side of the coin). If you think the movie is about love, sex and seduction, do not get mistaken by the trailer... as it is not.
To continue my first though... as a matter of fact all the characters are negative to some extend - but some of them are just "nothing" - no colors to them... The actors are brilliant, just all of them - best cast! Add to that the timeless classics of Guy De Maupassant's storyline and language, bright costumes and luxury furniture of the aristocrats of the late 19th century and the picture still will not be complete - still... with out you seeing it and feeling what the characters feel...
Faust (2010, dir. Sokurov, WINNER GOLDEN LION Venice Film Festival 2011)
One of the best pictures I’ve seen in the last 30 years. Sokurov’s vision of timeless Goethe’s masterpiece is breathless if only one word can describe it. I saw some comments online on the movie (usually I try not to before I write my opinion but it was unintentional): the comments like the movie is so crazy and almost impossible to watch.
Well, having lack of protein and eating human flesh at that times probably was common but for many Sokurov is taken like a person eating his own creations so obsessed he is with the Faust subject. I tend to select the first version as people ate everything at that time. Question: how would the director knows that was true - is not for me to answer – I just felt it was true. These people always seem hungry as they smell bad and stinky.
It does not make the movie less appealing as together with the main hero you travel through the darkest parts of his (here read: your) soul where you would not dare to look into: from the ugly and unpleasant physical and spiritual look of the Devil from one side and full of light and beauty Margarita’s face; from her suddenly lusty and though dumb facial expression to Faust’s natural curiously, from the Fears –dreadful creatures surrounding the death beds - to hilarious humour: “don’t forget my Jesus” – says Devil taking care of half disintegrated corpse of God’s son or ”I should have piss next to the church” – “but this is god-letting” “you are right – I should do it inside the church”; from the film’s pale and earthy colours – the epoch of true Renaissance and Da Vinci’s landscapes to the lash European forests with wild bears and caves, humongous trees and fallen leaves; from feeling of eternity to small human and earthy needs – boiled eggs and constant lack of money..
I caught myself close to yelling to the characters: “stop it, where do you go?” They did not hear me... The soul selling contact was signed by human blood...
The camera work – the best I have seen in years, actors are selected with attention even to facial colour and hues, shapes and distinctive features – amazing work, no words about director’s excellent creation too!
What really struck me: the reality first of all - hopeless life and fragile being-ness, falling faust and Grethen (Margarita) into the bottomless waters, then seemingly non-connected phrases and untangled conversations that structure themselves into meaningful and at the same time meaningless chats, blubbering and deep philosophy, unpronounced poetry heard from behind the main lines, the feeling of permanent journey with no beginning and no end – no target, no defined structure and continuous search for truth… Did Devil free Faust? Faust boxed Devil - this is for sure, but sins usually never free you just bond the unwanted together...