Tomorrow We Move Reviews
While the idea of Chantal Akerman making a screwball comedy sounds as weird as Spike Lee directing an episode of "Downton Abbey," the results with her movie "Tomorrow We Move" are actually pretty good as she pulls it off in fine style, keeping events basically moving throughout, especially in an epic open house sequence. It helps of course that she has the perfect actor, Sylvie Testud, to embody her character's neuroses in comic fashion. However, not everything is fun and games and unconventional family structures, as the past keeps rearing its head in an exploration of the fate of the European Jewish diaspora.
Much of the dialogue is snappy, but true to off-screen life where most of us are not sesquipedalians (nor are vice-presidential nominees apparently...), only a small stock of words is employed and recycled with Gertrude Stein-esque repetitions. People repeat themselves and each other; same thoughts & phrases are adaptable to a number of situations and contexts. Unlike many films in which eccentric people take center-stage, the cast of quirky characters is not portrayed in sharp relief to a backdrop of stultifying conformity. A central character who is pregnant is identified simply as 'La Femme Enceinte,' her husband is 'Mari de...' If people seem a bit odd -- well, who isn't? If a rose can be likened to itself--no more, no less but is still plenty adequate--, then DEMAIN is a humble but very satisfying gift.
NOTE: Sylvie Testud, who plays the adorable Charlotte Weinstein, sings 'Simon, Simone.'