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!

Je suis à vous tout de suite (I'm all yours) - Esteemdramedy by Baya Kasmi

The Divine comedyPosted by Martin 2016-02-06 13:21

As lighthearted French comedies go, I'm all yours is the darkest ever, as we slowly and painfully get to realise. Though the tone is light and there are chuckles aplenty, the darkness creeps in. It's not a dark comedy, it's more of a mood dissonance thing, and as such is difficult to judge. The leads are brilliant, as is the mother. It's obvious how environment sometimes trumps genetics when shaping a person. I just can't seem to be as moved as I should.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 miniskirts of 6

Requisitos para ser una persona normal - Feelgoodromcom by Leticia Dolera

The Divine comedyPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 23:22

The film starts with a greeting from the director and the main actors to the audience. Well, not the actual film, but at least this particular screening. The filmed greeting sets the tone, though: it's personal, it's easygoing and it's joyful.

The actual movie also sets the tone right from the get-go. Fastpaced, humorous and innovative, yet familiar in a sort of comforting way.

Some films are predictable, and that can make the viewers feel that their intelligence is being underestimated. Other predictable films can instead evoke a sense of smartness. Requisitos.... is predictable, but in a good way. It is a romcom, after all, the most formulaic genre there is. It's fine for a romcom to be as expected; the trick is to make the journey to the inevitable finale (where the two obvious lovebirds finally kiss after some grand gesture) as enjoyable as possible. And that, RPSUPN does. The disposable romantic foil is not a douche, just... disposable. The little quirks the protagonist have are fun and unique, not just there for the sake of quirkiness. There's laughter and tears, some Swedish (which is always good fun to come across in a foreign film) and a general feelgood feel.

When Hollywood attempts a remake, they will cast Anna Kendrick, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd in the leads. But as always, there's no need for that: the original is better!

Passed the Bechdel test

5 ovens of 6

Le tout nouveau testament - Mythcom Jaco Van Dormael

The Divine comedyPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 22:59

In a contemporary alternate take on christian mythology, jjjjj presents the god of the bible as a married man, living in a closed apartment with his completely silent wife and a preteen emo daughter. His son, JC, has already moved out.

God is portrayed as a complete douche, abusive and commanding, ordering his submissive wife around and beating his daughter. At work, he controls creation by means of computer, and takes pleasure in torturing mankind for his own sociopathic reasons. So, slightly more sympathetic than he's portrayed in the bible.

Ea, the daughter, gets sick and tired of her dad's cruelty, and decides to go to the mortal world and get disciples.

It's wonderfully blasphemous, and a quick take and easiness not far from Jeunet's style. It effortlessly mixes poetry and laughter, profoundness and profanity. The camera work is beautifully put together, and all actors are terrific. Some could see the film as somewhat pretentious, but personally I think it stays on the right side of the line. Others, quite a few I'd wager, probably find it blasphemous and will chose to get offended. Tough shit for them; I, for, one, welcome a work of art that at least sheds light on the fact that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship a complete arsehole, and especially when it's done in such an entertaining and visually stunning way.

Failed the Bechdel test

5 stitches of 6