Filmfestivalen 2016

Filmfestivalen 2016

Film, film, film....

Another epic journey is coming up! I plan to go to such varied and diverse places as Colombia, Parallell Paris, India and Iran, and even travel through time, space and dreams. It's a cineastic journey, though. My flights will be the lobby, my accommodation will be the comfy chairs and my tour guides will be movie directors. It's time, again, for Göteborg Film Festival!

Iona - Awkwardrama by Scott Graham

Five continentsPosted by Martin 2016-02-16 21:39

With few words, the feeling of unease is ever present, as a young mother and her teenage son return to the Scottish island from whence she came.

We are not sure what has happened, why she left, who the father is, but it slowly unravels as the film proceeds. The drama is gripping, but never devastating, the reveal is unexpected but not shocking, and all in all, it's a "meh" kind of drama.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 dances of 6

La vanité - Euroanasia by Lionel Baier

Five continentsPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 22:57

A film that starts with design drawings, complete with reinforcement steel schematics, can't be all bad. And sure enough, what we see is a nice, tender and balanced story about a with terminal cancer diagnosed man's possibly last hours as he's about to have assisted death help. All around it's fine acting, and, despite the serious matters at hand, it never gets sentimental.

There's a certain lack of highlights, though, and the Russian's yo-yoing feels toward the dying man are not explained fully. But that's a minor concern; all in all Vanitas is an enjoyable film that could work fine on stage.

Failed the Bechdel test

4 pools of 6