Front Row View


I will unashamedly admit to you that watching movies is one of my favourite pass times. And now I bring to you the latest cinema creations that I have been perusing with my eyes.

 

Jellyfish

If you have heard of this film, you are to be congratulated, because to the average movie watcher it is rather obscure. You see, here in England the general idea is that the majority of the film audience finds foreign language films unappealing, ether because of a rather racially prejudice idea that foreign countries cant do films as well as us, or a simple laziness, or possible illiterateness when it comes to reading subtitles. The latter idea would be supported by my brother who was faced many a time while working in a Blockbusters shop, by glum and unsatisfied customers sulkily, or indeed crossly handing back their rented film early because they didn’t want to read the words on the screen. Apparently they had not seen the large sticker reading ‘subtitles’ on the front of the box. Subsequently, brilliant works of subtitled art go unjustly ignored on the dusty niche shelves of the foreign film section. It is horribly sad.

Anyhoo, Jellyfish is an Israeli film following the story of three women; a stuck in the mud waitress with a need to reconcile her past who discovers a child from the sea, a newly married woman who breaks her leg and tries to get through an unsatisfying honeymoon, and my favourite story; a Pilipino woman who has left her child behind to care for a grumpy elderly lady.

It’s all rather metaphorical, but not deeply so, it mixes hints of the surreal in with realism but manages not to be distancing and bizarre and it is very touching in places. Though perhaps turns to jelly in moments that could have had more impact. Altogether very nice. Mazel tov.

Precious

I watched this yesterday on iplayer and Holy Hamsters! is this a good film!

Seventeen year old Precious is abused, overweight, pregnant, nearly illiterate and daydreams of herself in another world. It is hard to watch at times but shows her struggling to find a better life, shake off her upbringing and find out what real love is. Which sounds really cheesy but trust me it’s not. It has a very real feel, intense at times but not turgidly so, and the acting must certainly be complimented.

If you’re feeling emotionally delicate to start with then this could push you over the edge and have you weeping like an idiot for hours, but if you’re up to it then I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Wristcutters

A Love Story

 

Based on the novella ‘Knella’s Happy Campers’ by Etgar Keret, who incidentally co directed Jellyfish, this film is set in the after world for suicides, which is much like our own world but tatty and glum. Zia, dead and missing his girlfriend, discovers that she also has killed herself and is somewhere in the after world, so he sets of on a road trip with his  moustachioed Russian fried Eugene in a bid to find her. Along the way they meet a beautiful hitchhiker who knows her own mind and is looking for the people in charge, and the odd but somehow calm and comforting character Kneller played by- my favourite- Tom Waits.

Some complained that this film is just too strange, but I enjoyed it’s oddities (or maybe nothing is weird after you’ve watched the Mighty Boosh), and though on the face of it it sounds utterly miserable, it’s actually a very sweet story well told. It also must be given credit for introducing me o the wondrous band Gogol Bordello who you’ll hear in the trailer.

Gwen

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