Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Carnival of movies

My plan for today, Mardi Gras, was to get the train to Binche, about an hour to the South of Brussels. But as it has been alternately snowing, sleeting and raining all day, I decided to do without my own carnival photos for yet another year and to report instead on the fact that, thanks to the Winter Olympics, I've now seen 15 movies in 2 weeks, namely:
1. El Crimen Ferpecto (the Ferpect Crime), silly Spanish farce in which the Don Juan manager of the womenswear section of a department store accidentally kills his rival for the position of floor manager and is blackmailed by ugly shop assistant into marrying her;
2. Broken Flowers, Jim Jarmusch movie starring Bill Murray;
3. Viva Zapatero, Italian documentary about media censorship in Berlusconi's Italy;
4. Untold Scandal, Korean version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses;
The Constant Gardener, movie of the John Le Carré book with Ralph Fiennes;
6. Toute la Beauté du Monde (All the beauty of the world - to see trailer, first click "passer la publicité" to skip ad, then "voir la bande-annonce"), French movie about 2 people mostly riding around on motorbikes in Bali, should have been paid for by the Indonesian tourist industry (or the tobacco industry, as both main characters use smoking as a form of communication...);
7. Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, fascinating documentary about accounting fraud;
8. Mori-no gakko (The School in the Forest), Japanese movie about an animal-mad boy growing up in rural Japan;
9. Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang), Taiwanese movie about love in 1911, 1966 and 2005;
10 Brokeback Mountain - gorgeous scenery and highly original love story set in a brutal milieu;
11. Le Temps qui Reste (official English title is "Time to leave"), French movie about a 30-year old gay man who finds out he has a brain tumour, and how he lives his last months of life;
12. Le Petit Lieutenant, French movie about a young policeman who goes to work in Paris, with Nathalie Baye;
13. Vas, Vis, et Deviens (Go, live and become - and not, as I have seen it given in English, "Go, SEE and become"!), excellent French movie about an Ethiopian boy sent by his mother to Israel pretending to be a Jew, in order to survive the famine;
14. Planta 4a (Fourth Floor), Spanish movie set in a hospital, about adolescent boys with cancer;
15. Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé (I'm not here to be loved), sort of a French version of "Shall we Dance?".
And my personal Oscar goes to... Brokeback Mountain, very unoriginal of me I know!


At 28/2/06 18:01, Blogger Green said...

I only saw "Broken Flowers" since I like Jim Jarmusch.
But I feel Bill Murray seems to have same face expression all the time in any movie he is in.
"El l Crimen Ferpecto" lookes very interesting to me from the trailer. Also I like Nathalie Baye so I will see "Le Petit Lieutenent", too. Thank you for the information.
I wish I could watch more movie!


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