Un ticket pour l’espace
Eric Lartigau :: France :: 2005 :: 1h30
To gain public support for the French Space Agency, two people are given the opportunity -by lottery- to shoot up into the great emptiness. Unfortunately, the Agency’s project does not turn out to be quite the success they imagined. After getting over the humor of asking for your ticket at the box-office, you are shot into an absurd comical world. On paper the film is correctly put together, with its special effects, famous actor line-up and blockbuster story-line, but to have to sit through 1 and a half hours of it is quite a strain. A few funny moments do not suffice for a full movie, even one clearly intended for adolescents. Perhaps it is commendable to auto-produce this kind of commercially inspired products as opposed to just importing them, but then let them then at least have more French cultural undertones. If you do lie down on the floor infront of the TV some day in the future to sit through it on M6, bear in mind you’ll need an after-plan to have actually made something of that rainy sunday afternoon…
Steven Spielberg :: USA :: 2005 :: 2h40
Palestinian terrorists kill Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic games, followed by Israeli agents murdering the Palestinians one by one. The blood fued spiral of violence is shown by having the spectator watch more than two and a half hours of murdering in different brutal scenes. Of course the highly unethical nature of the whole story, which in itself does not warrant another visually hyper-violent movie, makes you wonder why you are there watching it. If you want to understand the nature of spirals of violence and can take excessive screen violence, I would recomend the Brazillian ‘La Cité de Dieu’ (Meirelles, 2002) which is vastly superior. Spielberg’s movie is really just a series of violence on violence in the customary commercial action movie tradition with no added value to a tradedy nobody wants to relive.
Sophie Fillières :: France :: 2004 :: 1h42
Young woman by the name of Fontaine, doctor in a hotel-like psychiatric ward in Paris, awaits a moment of lucidity in which to accept her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Fontaine and the other characters are all in a permanent slight disaccord with the world around them, in a northern European (non-French) absurdist tradition, flavored with some humorous dialogue. A showering Fontaine can be seen striking poses in the bathroom mirror with her still unaccepted engagement ring as she tries to make up her mind. A funny scene (amongst others) which are rendered ridiculous by other parts, like her swallowing the ring further down the line… The script’s duality between great scenes and superfluous ones, allows you to equally pick a positive view or a negative one, depending on where you place the emphasis. The inappropriate and uninspired poster may put you off straight away, but might also just push you into the positive view, as after that you can only be pleasantly surprised by the reality dream world of Fontaine’s life.