Partially raised on Hitchcock movies – Josephine Decker premiered her directional debut ‘Thou wast Mild and Lovely’ (a movie that Hitchcock himself wouldn’t be ashamed of making) at the Berlinale last Friday. The film’s cast: Joe Swanberg and Robert Longstreet work amazing together, especially when their polarity changes. Sophie Traub’s performance as the frog eating nymphette is outstanding. The DP’s done her job really great, including the unconventional (hopefully not accidental) focus play and the ‘first-cow-perspective’ seduction flashback. Decent cross-genre cinema with a twist, that will keep you thrilled till the end of the movie. 8/10.
Every of the last 3 Berlinale editions has a new movie form the Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté, this year we got another “film-essay”, which can also be categorized as documentary-fiction. If you are familiar with ‘Bestiaire’ you might have a clue what’s coming at you during a screening of ‘Que ta joie demeure’, however saying that the film is just ‘Bestiaire’ but with people is kind of a underrating opinion about the new film.
You could also call this film an observational documentary with mockumentary elements, but there is more to it. At few moments I had the impression I was in a Godard film. No matter what you call it, the film was worth watching. If you’re looking for a new, fresh method to hypnotize the audience Denis C. found it for sure (and probably will not hesitate to use it again). My Rating: 8/10.
Berlinale Day 01, the second movie of the kick-off day was the Vietnamese ‘2030’.
the official imd.com plot:
In a near future Vietnam where global warming and rising seawater levels have forced cultivation to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect of her husband’s murder.
The film has been shot brilliantly (for me it is the the best made element of it) and the universe that the story settles in has been created in a very intelligent way (on the screen). So we have great photography and nice scenery, the plot however is a bit to shallow (IMO). When you compare it to the quality of the other elements of the film you get the impression that the form overgrew the content. Yes, the movie is based on a short story, but it seemed like the short story is not long enough for a full length feature. 6/10.
Despite few stupid ideas, like reading the Hippocratic Oath from a medical ethics book by a doctor, the movie in general makes sense. Stallone goes back to a “prison movie” after a while (the longest yard and lock up?) and it actually does good for him. Teaming up with the ex-governor of California on the set adds a lot of value to the movie. The plot is quite predictable – it doesn’t make the movie less entertaining though.