Follow TV Tropes
When Father Was Away On Business won the Palme d'Or and would be a welcome addition to the wiki.
And the request was for live-action cinema, probably, but we have a few articles about animated shorts from the former Yugoslavia, including the Oscar-winning Ersatz. See Eastern European Animation.
I've seen both No Man's Land and Underground. Bigger fan of the former rather than the latter. I will try to watch When Father Was Away on Business soon and maybe add a wiki.
One of my favorite Bosnian films is Grbavica or Grbavica: Land of My Dreams. Would highly recommend. It won the Golden Bear.
I've been meaning to watch The Favourite for a while. I'm a huge Olivia Coleman fan.
Edited by sonika on Feb 12th 2019 at 10:39:52 AM
I'm back from Le Chant du loup (The Wolf's Call), a submarine thriller where the hero, a "golden ear", tries to identify an enemy submarine, and then things go to shit (there's a bit more to it, but it's a hard movie to sum up…)
I honestly cannot believe this is a French film, filmed in French. We can do horror just fine and comedy just… fine? but this kind of military thriller is a rarity, and they didn't half-ass it either. I was hooked all the way through, save for maybe the 20-ish minutes on land after the first act, which were slightly weaker.
The sound design was also fantastic, and well, it had to be considering the subject matter. Solid acting too, even from Omar Sy who's usually not cast into such serious roles. I just felt that the protag's love interest was… dispensable. It feels like the director realized "Oh wait, the cast is all male, we should add a girl somewhere… yeah, just give the guy a girlfriend, there." Although the scene where she blows cannabis smoke into Chanteraide's mouth ended up being the weirdest Chekhov's gun…
There were some eyebrow-raising details in the political context (why the fuck would France stealthily send soldiers in Syria, and why the fuck would Russia invade Finland?), but not enough to take me out of the film. I actually really like the spin of the final battle being between two allies with one trying to prevent the other from starting WWIII, and the real enemy never actually showing up. This does wonders to reinforce the tension, as you know no one will come out unscathed.
So yeah, I'm glad I saw this one.
Edited by Lyendith on Mar 2nd 2019 at 1:37:00 PM
I plan to watch this and Border this weekend.
Edited by gropcbf on Apr 7th 2019 at 11:07:47 AM
Oh, so I wasn't the only one who immediately thought she was a spy. Damn clichés. And no I didn't notice the Cursed Mark… huh…
Edited by Lyendith on Feb 24th 2019 at 5:04:48 PM
That tattoo wasn't given much screen time or focus; one could wonder if that was accidental, if not for the symbolical meaning of such an tattoo in a ship the main purpose* of which is to mass murder civilians and contribute to an apocalypse.
I am removing the spoiler tags; I wrote Unmarked spoilers ahead because I thought it would be difficult to discuss tropes without putting them everywhere.
Edited by gropcbf on Feb 24th 2019 at 9:38:17 PM
Well, considering it's a movie where even the premise is kinda spoilery, I can get behind that…
Still on The Wolf's Call, I've seen someone comment that Chanteraide's eardrums shouldn't have burst at the end because that's supposedly not how decompression works. Is anyone knowledgeable about that?
Edited by Lyendith on Feb 24th 2019 at 10:45:11 AM
For one thing being in a submarine is very different from scuba diving (I understand they are all breathing one bar air which allows them to change depths without doing decompression), which means that it will be complicated to have informed opinions.
My understanding is that it makes sense; since it doesn't matter much in the story I would suppose that it works.
In such films having all the spoiler tags in the description makes the tropes section much easier to read.
Edited by gropcbf on Feb 24th 2019 at 10:54:11 AM
Spoiler tags are not allowed in introductions.
I just saw Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon, and it was… surprisingly decent. The action scenes especially are pretty neat and the actors in general aren't too bad. Some of the drama even works fine − though in one instance it's ruined by one of the annoying filler characters.
Now regarding the comedy… Most gags made me laugh (any interaction between Nicky and Laura notably), some made me cringe (like the implied prison rape gag at the end, although it's just implied). Some had me torn between the two (that hamster gag, my god…)
I was afraid of the potential for homophobic jokes considering the team's track record in that regard, but it… wasn't too bad…? At least the premise − Saeba Ryō potentially losing his attraction to women − is rather well used. As youtuber Durendal pointed out, what's funny isn't so much that he falls for a guy, but that he falls for Didier Bourdon of all people…
That's the thing, though: a lot of this movie's jokes and references will completely fly over the head of a non-French audience. And you understand within the first ten minutes of the film why this adaptation could never have been made in the US or Japan. It mystifies me that it got an all-age rating. >.>
Now to move outside of France, I'm looking for a Spanish animation film called Psiconautas (Birdboy The Forgotten Children), but it's pretty damn hard to find…
Likewise I liked it and recommanded it to French people around me. I am still doubtful that it can be of any interest to non-French people, but I thought it was good.
Psiconautas apparently had a French dvd release, and my local library will apparently lend it to me .
I didn't know that. They didn't have it where I usually go… I'll see if I can order it.
So I watched The Guilty in the meanwhile, and holy crap it's good. What I love is that it's not really a film in 3 acts but rather a continuous crescendo, starting mundane, almost humorous, then going serious and then increasingly tense, as you slowly understand what the film's title is really about and the evolution of the lighting reflects that (first in a well-lit room, then a semi-dark room, and then with the shutters down, then in the dark with red lighting, before going back into the light). Because Asger's behavior makes it increasingly clear that he's not the kind of cop who should be trusted with a gun. Kinda saw the twist of Iben being the murderer coming but only vaguely, like something was amiss. Yet the ending was so beautiful I almost cried.
And all that with no music whatsoever and one character on screen (save for a few extras in the station). It's… brilliant.
Edited by Lyendith on Mar 2nd 2019 at 1:41:35 PM
Huh… Doing some research about Downfall, I learned that Bruno Ganz had passed away from cancer last month. Not long after starring in the The House That Jack Built to boot. His last role will be in Terrence Malick's upcoming Radegund apparently. RIP.
Edited by Lyendith on Mar 7th 2019 at 4:24:22 PM
This weekend I watched Stan & Ollie, which was very moving. The French release is quite late and it has a long work page already. (Not 100% a European project but who cares).
I also watched The Mystery Of Henri Pick, a French comedy about investigating the author of a book. Based on a novel. Not the film of the year, but it was good.
@jamespolk, you would be annoyed to see that the work page for The Wolf's Call is now a spoiler tags festival.
Edited by gropcbf on Mar 10th 2019 at 12:57:27 PM
Watched two films that were like companion pieces: Ida and Phoenix. Ida is the quite character study from Poland and Phoenix us the psycho-thriller (but a really relaxed one) from Germany. All about post-WWII, post-Holocuast dealings from our main characters. Liked both of these very much.
I think I like Ida best but the end of Phoenix wrecked me. What an ending!
I also watched The Guilty and made a page for it. It's really good—a good contender for the best movie of 2018—and I highly recommend it.
I have watched Ballon , a German thriller from 2018 that is Based on a True Story. In fact, the same one as in Night Crossing, which I haven't seen, but they mostly feature the same tropes. I am not sure how relevant making a work page would be. Maybe a redirection to Night Crossing?
I thought it was very good. Since it is a thriller, it is probably best not to know too much about that story, but it may be hard to avoid the fact that It Was His Sled. (In fact I went with a friend without telling her that it was Based on a True Story).
(No idea why they picked a French title).
Edited by gropcbf on Apr 22nd 2019 at 10:36:25 AM
Yeah, well, I know the story pretty well, since it is one of the more famous fight attempts (and yes, the part with the medicine, that really happened). Haven't seen the movie yet, though.
Speaking of German films, I watched The Lives of Others, a recommendation from jamespolk. Great film! I find it crazy that in real life even the stasi were surveilled. Who watches the watchmen indeed.
If you ever visit Berlin, there is an organisation called the "Berliner Unterwelten"...they have various tours relating to the various underground installations in Berlin. One of them is about flights from the GDR and that one is really fascinating. They aren't just showing about the various tunnels which were build, they also show what was done to secure the canalisation and the one subway which keep driving from the west to the area. They literally had litte watch-towers on the line, always two, so that there were always two people who didn't just watch the line itself but also each other. And naturally there was no direct access while the waggons went through, just small slits they were looking through. Fun fact, for some time Berliner threw all kind of stuff out of the subway - ie bananas and other things rare behind the wall. They never ended up with anyone who could use it, because the guards were literally guarding each other to ensure that everything which was thrown out was carefully catalogued and stored.
Honestly, the whole system was just crazy. Because apparently if Germans have to organize anything, they organize it thoroughly, even surveillance. Supposedly the ratio of Stasi members and helpers and normal citizens was along the line of seven to one (meaning seven people conducted surveillance on one non-stasi person and each other).
I watched a few European films lately:
Edited by gropcbf on May 8th 2019 at 9:16:08 PM
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is as awesome as it sounds. I managed to see it even though the official French release is planned for September (thanks to a queer-themed festival).
Lately I also watched I'm Dead but I Have Friends , a Belgian film from 2015 about a punk rocker who dies; then his friends take his ashes for a tour in America, but find out he was gay and fight over every little thing while getting lost in Canada. Very moving.
Edit: also started the pages for two films by Quentin Dupieux: Keep An Eye Out and Deerskin.
Edited by gropcbf on Jun 26th 2019 at 4:34:52 PM
I watched the fabled Basque fantasy-horror Errementari. It takes a while to kick in (around thirty minutes, for me) but it's pretty interesting once it gets going, and it has a very refreshing old-school take on Satan and Hell, very fairy tale-esque (which isn't surprising given I saw it is based on an old Basque legend). I recommend it.
Today I watched The Truth, a drama written and directed by Hirokazu Kore Eda. Am I in the wrong thread?
This film is a French-Japanese production. Set in France, starring French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche and made by a French technical staff. But directed by Kore-eda, a Japanese director that I like, so that made me curious.
The plot is quite classical for a French drama. So Kore-eda can direct a French drama. However the actresses (and Ethan Hawke who was passing by) are very good, so that makes for an enjoyable film.
Edited by gropcbf on Dec 25th 2019 at 9:04:51 PM
Community Showcase More
How well does it match the trope?