Day Four

My Bertolucci odyssey starts today.

I can’t think of a better way to get to know a filmmaker than to start at the beginning of his career and work through film by film. On the big screen! I haven’t seen many of his films. Last Tango in Paris is one of those films that I have seen but can’t remember the details. Never saw The Last Emperor. I think I’m going to learn something.

I caught three films in the afternoon/evening yesterday. Play it Like Godard gave me opportunity to take a nap. I don’t know what it is about Godard. I simply do not get him. I’m sorry, but when it comes to that guy I feel it’s the Emperor’s new clothes. I caught Breathless at the Chauvel a few years back. Apparently he’s a genius. I left scratching my head. Do I need to go to film school to appreciate him? He invented the jump cut, right? I fucking hate jump cuts.

Anyway, Play it Like Godard, allowed me to get comfortable, roll up my jacket for a pillow, and nod off. Granted, it wasn’t a Godard film per se, simply an homage, or a pastiche? Or a parody perhaps? But it was just as boring – a cute mocumentary, with one big implausible premise, and it didn’t go anywhere. Let it be known that I struggle with films that have no pathos.

But then came Where Do We Go Now?

What a feast of a movie – so ambitious, so full of joy, life, passion, heart. This film is my pick of the festival so far. When I say ambitious, I mean this film takes a massive issue – war and religious conflict – and brings it down to the human level, and tackles it with humour. I was reminded of No Man’s Land, a masterpiece and one of the best films of the last 20 years. Bravo to Nadine Labaki, the film’s director and star. Be still, my heart.

I have so much more to say, particularly about last night’s screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. But that review will have to wait, as I must go in now to Before the Revolution.

Thanks for reading.

One thought on “Day Four

  1. I get the feeling you may be about to tear Mr Anderson a new one…I can smell the words artifice and “form over content” from this side of my filthy laptop screen. We are definitely getting out of here Bri, keep it up young man.

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