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A tele play preserving the flavor of Goncharov novel. Yves Gasc giving a great Zakhar and the viewer being confronted with not exactly expected Oblomov. Delicate and precise, using the sequences of Russian and Soviet films, proposing not only a great adaptation but a wise manner to discover the roots of a life style. Touching and subtle and impressive and beautiful. Against the feeling to be only a remarkable sketch. Short, just Oblomov. In new aspects and definition and exposed nuances. Simple but remarkable. Beautiful and touching. Not only for the status of work of Comedie Francais. B>ut because it represents , in high measure, a portrait of our near reality.
Indícios Dois (2012)
The friendship can become more ? That is the basic point for this beautiful and lovely short film about gestures, fears, joy, love and the moment when the closer other becomes more than the best friend. The good point - the film gives not an answer. Only clues, reaction, a dream, the beach and the room and a hug who could change everything. Admirable performances, inspired end. And a nice story about subtle, delicate things.
Curious Thing (2010)
It seems a documentary. About relation, ambiguous feeling, choices, happiness. Honest and interesting for the proposed perspective. It is not a pledge or manifesto . Only a good picture of the nuances defining relations. And the way to accept yourself and accept the other. A sort of well crafted confession. Not always credible. But nice , decent and correct about a hidden truth and about the way to see the near reality.
Far to be bad, it is just a collection of cliches. Used in correct manner. But far to be convincing, surprising or impressive. An overworked employee, a computer acting in bizarre way, a presence and the predictable end. It is not exactly a bad movie first for the status of warning about ambiguous relation with technology. Or for the change between camera with computer for discover dangerous hidded reality. But , in same measure, after its end, the conclusion about so easy way for give a horror short, without real explanations, is not reduced.
The Bells (2018)
nothing new but...
A man alone in his apartment. Sounds of bells. The presence of something. Bloody footsteps. The revelation.
A mother, her son, a window and the tension moment. All is familiar. Maybe too familiar for horror fans. This short film has the virtue to give a reasonable connection between the two slices. And it has the chance to use the sounds in inspired manner. And, othic stories.
A party. A meeting as plain of the guest to become a sort of matchmaker. Talk. Common memories, confessions and plains.And simple discover of basic significant things. A film about cliches and about friendship. And, sure, about the return who remains be used by the imagination of the viewer. Good point - it is little more than the expected film from the same genre. A delicate sketch, nice and convincing and , maybe, for its simplicity and deep honesty, usefull.
I Really like You (2014)
Solitude. Memories. A murder. And a new beginning. Impecable made drama of a lonely man who remains prisoner of his first love memory. And who hopes in a new better start. The performances and the story and the photography and the atmosphere of late evening, the memories and the final fight, the ppicture and the dialogue with the young costumer are pieces of a beautiful film about an emotion or ball of feelings who, always, could be only suggested. In this case, in inspired manner.
No Homo (2015)
Amusing, provocative, silly. Two guys , a not real conventional manner to seduce girls, the hard work for credibility and mistakes. The "noble" purpose , a rare perseverance, advises and the discover of the essence for the choice made. It reminds many other films about same theme and , like them, is not real always convincing. But it propose, in easy manner, interesting subjects, situations and definitions. So, the result is real pretty good.
Next Door (2014)
romance. and little more
Unusual. Nice. Sweet-bitter. Well crafted. A man in love with a terrorist. And that is all. Enough for explore the sides of love and the near social reality.
It could be a western, a thriller or a good Sci. Fi. . It is only a well crafted short film about dreams as piece of market. A product like many other. A girl. And a sort of trade. The end Tarantino-alike and subtle message about need of new sensations , purity of child, exploitation of the other and people as object. And, sure, the exploration of the fascination about dreams as stories and secrets and expression of emotions. Short, a gem.
Bad Boy: A Bad Boy Christmas (2018)
First, for the absence of Mack. For the not comfortable use of Christmas. Good point - the same humor style. The new eccentric characters. The ambiguity. And, sure, the end. Few explanations for Mack attitude. And a not bad end of the serie.
A video game as refuge. For a lonely boy, isolated by the conflicts between parents. For his sick grandfather. A bridge between them. Fights, vilence, the reserves of the old man, the enthusiasm of boy and a touching end. The performances, the technology and war atmosphere are just tools for a lovely message about importance of family and about an essential hug.
The Spruces and the Pines (2017)
Sure, the emotion is in few crumbs form. But, for a predictable love story using Christmas as pretext and Romeo and Juliet as tool. A long conflict. The love of children and the letters afterlife. A Christmas tree . The wedding after an year of concilation. Nothing new, nothing original - the title is the best proof-. But working in decent manner. And , in essence, that remains the most important detail. So, the emotion as lead virtue. Sure, not so real but ...nice.
Not the most happy. Deep traces of past and a site creating huge problems. Scott and the fresh Mack and April and a script. Nothing new or surprising but amusing. And part of the line of an eccentric but nice serie.
Le grand Meaulnes (2006)
Too easy to critic it. In essence, only a sketch. Result of noble, good intentions. With a predictable mediocre solution. Because, I though, Le Grand Meaulnes is one of novels who escapes from reasonable adaptations. In this case, the basic sin is the absence of magic aura. The too easy solutions. The performances- not the most convincing because it seems enough the presence of Nicholas Duvauchelle - a sort of James Dean - and Clemence Poesy. But the great error is the absence of coherence. It seems a puzzle with improvised pieces. And the emotion is lost. Maybe, in this case, the words are alive against images who are almost neutral.
Bad Boy: Bad Boy on Probation (2018)
the episode three
Amusing, crazy and nice game of nonsenses. Same duel between Scott and Mack and the provocative performance of Alina Bock. The same silly story and the moral as perfect end.
Poesias Para Gael (2017)
At first sigh, naive. The story about teenager in conflict with his divorced mother, sensitive and different, a slice of Cruel Intentions, the doubts about the feelings to the victim, the succes, a friendship becoming love. Victor Neves has the virtue to demonstrate the importance of message. And that does the short film a decent work, not great or spectacular but fair for viewer. Because something gives a sort of light to a story with few levels and the end as promise for second part - the answer to personal experiences of a part of public. So, a decent short film.
Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994)
More than a great film, last part of trilogy, it is a dialogue between performances. Irene Jacob and Jean Louis Trintignant. That kind of dialogue defining near reality details. About appearences and significance of gestures. About fate and about the roots of emotions. About choices and about refuges. About the other as projection of yourself. That does "Red" not exactly the beautiful film but the usefull exploration of the facts defining each from us. This aspect does it real great.
Trois couleurs: Blanc (1994)
The feeling to see an episode of "Dekalog". Same atmosphere, same solutions, same moral. And the texture of performances - the same. Two different worlds. Plains of revenge. And the last gesture proposing the desired victory. After its end, not exactly the story remains in memory but the brilliant performance of Ybigniew Zamachowski.
Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993)
A poem. Sad, delicate, brutal in special sense, necessary. A woman and the loss of family. And the search of new meanings of life. The music. And Emanuelle Riva in an admirable role. A film about beginning or about the assumation of profound grief. Easy to define but a challennge to assume it more than a great movie but as confesion of Kieslowski about the perspective of near reality. The performance of Juliette Binoche is magnificent because it reflects the reactions of yourself front to a simmilar situation. And because it propose just a first step. Ambiguos , almost a sketch. But the first. A film about the liberty after a long and profound silence.
La double vie de Véronique (1991)
In essence, nothing new. The traits of story are familiar. The performance of Irene Jacob - not surprising. The mix of two lives , from two countries, so simmilary and different and one as part of the other are , in same measure, reminds of the art of Kieslowski. Special , except the story telling - the feeling to be a story about their viewers. You are witness of gestures and words and discovers, front to the two dolls. The fate and the life as embroidery. The bitter poetry and its traces. The eulogy of freedom and exploration of the sides of captivity. A magnificent film. About a long and fragile fall.
Enquanto Ainda é Tempo (2014)
a story of friendship
The delicate freshness is the basic virtue of this short film. Two friends in the last year of high school. The feelings of one of them. The answer of the other. And the Portuguese as good tool not only for comunication but as ingredient for the veil-atmosphere. A departure and high emotion. A change and the traits of the long friendship. New pespectives and a radical option. And the soft-sweet end.
Park Bench (2007)
That kind of film seductive for the precise simplicity. A park, two guys on a bench, reading. Few simmilar gestures, a note and the answer. And a great mechanism, in which the lead role has the music. Something special defines this film. Its source, maybe the experience of Jim Le. Or the books or the two lead actors. Essential - the emotion after its end. Not because you expect a different end but because all seems so simple than you need to know more . A beauutiful short film, this is the most decent definition about it.
The first century of Poland. A hommage, well crafted short film, using, in wise manner, symbols and historical references. A young woman and her drawing. Return to the year 1914 and to the fight for rebirth, after 123 years, of Poland. The image of marshal Pildsudski and his army against the "Soviet dragons", images of Polish personalities and references to the events of Poland in XX century. And the hopefull end. A beautiful film for each detail. And for the noble purpose.
about life and death
The minimalism is the lead virtue of this short film. A man looking for food. A massacre. Reflections about life and society. A cold, brutal, expected end. And beautiful cinematography. Not giving a story in real sense, the film propose many questions. And it does that in the inspired manner, confronting the viewer with basic traits of near reality. A film about life and about death. Precise and profound honest.