Tuesday, August 22, 2006

edinburgh film festival 8/22

Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm, Famke Janssen, Blair Brown, Stephanie March, Stephen Lang, Roger Rees


Voted Best Film at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

A neurotic English teacher in New York City, Jake Singer (Whit Stillman regular Chris Eigeman) has more than his fair share of issues. He's barely on speaking terms with his father. His girlfriend recently walked out on him. And then, of course, there's his mother's death - which he's still far from over. Anxious and depressed, he embarks on a course of psychoanalysis with Dr Morales (Ian Holm), a maniacal, vaguely sadistic Freudian who seems to be doing him rather more harm than good. Hope blossoms when he meets Allegra Marshall (Famke Janssen), a beautiful, widowed socialite with whom he soon falls in love - but what will the good doctor say? This adaptation of Daniel Menaker's bestseller is a clever, stylish treat. Jake might be struggling, but judging from this film, the literate NY ensemble comedy is doing just fine.


Philip Gröning / Germany & Switzerland / 2005 / 162 min



As a young filmmaker, Philip Gröning approached the monks
of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, located high in the French Alps, to inquire whether he might make a documentary of their lives - lived for the most part under a vow of silence - and their faith. 16 years later, they answered him: this film is the result. The delay attests to the unhurried pace of life behind the monastery's walls, its sense of existing somehow outside of time, and Gröning's film itself, while lengthy, boasts similar rewards: watching, you soon acclimatise to its rhythm (and its ravishing imagery: a visual symphony in bare stone, shadows and dusty light), and come to appreciate the virtues of a life lived outside the noise and chaos of the modern world. A poetic essay par excellence, this is unique.

1 comment:

兔 said...

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嗚 泥也太幸福了吧!看這咪多電影!