mixed bag of film


a mini pass doesnt seem all that much. after all it’s only ten films and there are roughly 100 sessions to go to. but it’s an illusion. in the last few days, i’ve seen another three films – a mere three films – but it’s more than what i’d gone to in the last four months. in that time, i’ve also gone on three different – two of which were film dates. that’s a lot as well. the lesson, if there is to be one, is that at this time sensory overload in terms of film and company doesnt really do much more than provide a little bit of distraction.

anyway, the films were surprisingly good.

the first film Sonhos de Peixe is set in a Brazilian fishing village and for the first hour or so presents a completely beguiling portrait of the life of the villagers through the eyes of Jusce, an ambitious hardworking fisherman. The director’s unobtrusive style, the naturalism of the acting and the beauty of its setting provides every scene with the realism of a documentary. the second half of the film however falters as the film shifts to emphasize in a rather heavy handed fashion the moral of the story which was pretty obvious from the start.

the second film 4:30 is a Singaporean film by Royston Tan. Slow, quiet and with the majority of its scenes concentrating on a couple of characters – a lonely boy desperately seeking human contact and a suicidal korean border –  it could have been an utter failure but instead it successfully evoked the desperate loneliness of childhood, or my childhood at least. It was the kind of film where I wondered at the end how the director had so successfully captured my childhood until conversations around the theatre quickly revealed that most everyone felt the same way.

the third film, Raul the Terrible, is a documentary about Raul Castells, an Argentinian revolutionary activist who’s collected and organised enough of the poor that he is able to lead large demonstrations targetting individual corporations demanding very concrete and real changes – ie: taking some hundred people to a casino and asking for 50tons of food for an impoverished community. Effective donation collection techniques or extortion? The Argentinian government thinks the latter, I sway more towards the former although i can see why having a couple of hundred people barricading your offices until you give them free bottles of gas can be considered extortion. The interesting about Raul is the organisation he has created for the poor which appears to encompass housing, soup kitchens and clinics, services that the government should be providing. It seems obvious that if the government was actually doing its job, Raul would be out of one.