SCREEN jury updates: Haneke 3.3/4, Vinterberg 2.8/4
FILM FRANCAIS: Haneke 3.1/4, Vinterberg 2/4, Dolan 1.8/4, BCronenberg 1/4
Of the English language major media critics, Dennis Lim seems to have had reactions most similar to mine. Never read his stuff. Here’s his ballot so far: Good (Seidl, Anderson), Mediocre (Vinterberg, Haneke, Mungiu, Garrone), Weak (Nasrallah, Audiard, Hillcoat). I’d trade Audiard for Garrone, otherwise …
Only three films today, as I was called to sub for a colleague at a conference and then decided to skip the Loach (for which I have very low expectations) and the Ascher (which is coming to the US courtesy of IFC) and give my tired eyes some rest.
1. Resnais, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Competition). Resnais’ adaptation of Anouilh’s adaptation of Eurydice, performed by three sets of actors, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes in sequence. The performances are all theatrical à la française and all top-notch, and the triplication allows us to compare interpretations (of lines, of characterization) and nuances of acting. But the framing story – the established actors (Azema, Wilson, Piccoli, etc) have been summoned to the estate of the presumably recently deceased playwright to execute his will, including the vetting of a new version of his play by an experimental theatre troupe – is La vie est un roman-like silliness; and the whole thing seems … wait for it … too long. B-
2. Verheyde, Confession of a Child of the Century (Un certain regard). Same themes as Resnais’ Eurydice: love, deception, reckless abandon, betrayal. Polar opposite in style, setting. Lush period piece, operatic, but erratic. Charlotte Gainsbourg seems a bit lost here (Verheyde's fault, no doubt). The rest of the cast is even more spotty (apparently, the male lead is some kind of rock star; interesting to look at, but not much of an actor). C+
3. Begic, Djeca (Un certain regard). Tedious film about a lower-middle class young Sarajevan woman who’s juggling dealing with her brother’s delinquency and her relationship with her Mafioso boss. The director is a Muslim woman of maybe 35. D
Tomorrow: Dominik, Miike, Bertolucci, Carax. I'll try to see Brillante Mendoza's Captive (a Berlinale film that's playing in the market here) too.