12 September 2007

Ne t'en fais pas, je vais bien (France, 2006)
After returning from vacations, Lili finds out by her parents that Loic, her brother, escaped home. This is a shock to her, much more so, because her parents do not seem very worried. After several weeks and no news from her brother, Lili starts to get depressed and gets sick. Suddenly she starts receiving letters from her brother telling her that he is ok, but that he could not stand being home. Little does she knows that her parents are hiding a horrible truth that will only be unveiled by Lili's boyfriend. This is a suspsense story that will keep you interested until the end.

The Number 23 (USA, 2006)

Director Joel Schumacher tells the story of Walter Sparrrow (Jim Carrey) who one day finds a book titled "the Number 23" It is an autobiography about a man who at the end becomes obssessed with the number 23. Everywhere he would see this number and make references to his birthday, address, and other calculations, and everytime he would come up with this number. Walter, as he reads the novel, becomes interested, and relates to the main character in the book, and even obssessed with these numbers. Only at the end do we find out that the book was written by Walter himself, and that a horrible crime was committed.

08 September 2007


05 September 2007

Young Man (Jeune Homme) Switzerland, 2006

Sebastien, 18, is running away from a family-owned printing firm future for an au pair job in Geneva with a modern and too busy family. Overwhelmed by the events, he gets attached, reveals himself and discovers what he really wants: to become a haute cuisine chef. He also falls in love with a girl he meets in Geneva. Yes, it is a very "family" movie, and it is actually quite entertaining. Sebastien comes from the German part of Switzerland, so half of the movie is spoken in Swiss-German, while the Geneva scenes are in French. It is rare to see a Swiss movie make this language alternations, but it adds to the originality of the film.
The Serpent's Egg (Das Schlangenei), West Germany, 1977

The only movie from Swedish director Ingmar Bergman to be shot in Germany. This is the story, like many German movies, about a woman who tries to save herself from the growing menace of fascism in Berlin. She works as a cabaret girl, and with her connections she is able to live a reasonably comfortable life in the middle of economic crisis. An unemployed American acroba, Abel Rosenberg, decides to look for his brother, who apparently committed suicide in Berlin during a severe personal depression crisis. Doesn't sound like your typical comedy movie, right? Things get worse for Abel, who is interrogated by the State police regarding a couple of murders that took place near the appartement he is renting.

The movie reflects the situation of Germany before the Second World War. Bergman strives for a movie that is more expressionist and direct than his usual storytelling technique. The shocking ending prepares the audience for what is about to happen in that country. It's like a serpent's egg, we see the form of the beast just before it comes out.