Monthly Archives: September 2001

Waking Life

Waking Life (USA, 2001, Richard Linklater, dir­ector) is a ground­break­ing film. Using a form of roto­scop­ing to anim­ate over digital video foot­age, every frame of this film is beau­ti­ful, cre­at­ing the per­fect set­ting, a dream world, where the main char­ac­ter … Continue read­ing

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The Son’s Room

The film fest­ival has been dis­rup­ted the past few days and two of my screen­ings have been can­celled or res­ched­uled, but tonight I saw a film for the first time since Monday night. How fit­ting that it was The Son’s … Continue read­ing

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La Pianiste

La Pianiste (Austria/France, 2001, Michael Haneke, dir­ector) rein­forces the “Austrians=grim” thesis I’m for­mu­lat­ing. Isabelle Huppert won a well-deserved Best Actress award at Cannes for her por­trayal of a woman who, in her efforts to attain the artistic ideal, loses her … Continue read­ing

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Amelie

Le Fabuleux des­tin d’Amélie Poulain (France, 2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dir­ector) Between Jeunet’s dazzling visual tricks and Audrey Tautou’s dazzling beauty, it was hard to look at the sub­titles at all (might be a reason to learn French in itself!). Jeunet … Continue read­ing

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Rain/Japanese Devils/Tape

Rain (New Zealand/USA, 2000, Christine Jeffs, dir­ector) was a beau­ti­fully shot first fea­ture, set at a beach­front cot­tage in New Zealand. Lots of mel­an­choly, but also strangely dis­turb­ing close ups fore­shad­ow­ing tragedy: soapy dishes being washed, a man cut­ting the … Continue read­ing

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