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The Intouchables
4 years ago via Flixster

What makes 'The Intouchables' such a success is its ability to reach out to everyone who sees it. It has that Buddy-Comedy-like formula that combines glitzy with grimy. Driss, (Omar Sy) a Parisan drifter who scrapes by on welfare, looks to get another government payment when, by chance, he goes to an interview to assist wealthy quadriplegic Philippe (FranÁois Cluzet). When Philippe says that he will give Driss (more like challenges him to accept the position) that would have him look after Philippe's daily required tasks (business and personal), Driss ends up loving the rich lifestyle that is involved, but also shows that he has more of a caring side beneath his rugged exterior.

It all sounds like a typical Odd Couple flick, but it's touching and very well-put together. Do these things happen? Can these scenarios occur? Anyone can do anything. 'The Intouchables' is an example of good hearts showing themselves to those who don't envision seeing the same from the opposite perspective.

Where Do We Go Now?
4 years ago via Flixster

A good story which sometimes struck right at the heart. Nadine Labaki continues to make films that press at hard issues. However, some of her filmmaking needs quite a bit of nit-picking. Then again, that comes with the growing process of any profession. The film is probably more understood from the perspective of Middle-Easterners who tirelessly endure the every-day turmoil of religious wars. In 'Where Do We Go Now', a town of Christians and Muslims must learn to live together. While the men constantly step on one anothers' toes, it is the women who get along gracefully and try to find ways to keep the men from killing each other.

Tyrannosaur
Tyrannosaur (2011)
4 years ago via Flixster

Since as far back as I can remember, the English film community have been making films and telling stories about domestic abuse and endless bouts of anger. Paddy Considine tells a story that doesn't leave anything out -- the rough edges are visible and painful.

'Tyrannosaur' tells the story of Joe, a man plagued by violence and an endless pit of rage, who encounters Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker who seems to have a wonderful life, but is only visible on the exterior. Hannah is married to well-off James (played by the amazing Eddie Marsan), who is dominant in his control of Hannah in more awful ways than one. Joe and Hannah both have their tormented pasts and present, but they have each other to eventually confide in.

'Tyrannosaur' isn't like any other bleak film that takes place in the North of England (the film's location is somewhat ambiguous, but Considine resides south of Derby, so let's say Midlands). It shows us, from a broad perspective, that there are those with the power to make other powerless, and therefore, amend their lives forever. However, even those with power can channel it in the right direction.

Clandestine Childhood
4 years ago via Flixster
½

(Screened at TIFF 2012)

Over the years, more and more stories have been brought to the public eye about the Argentine Dirty War (1976-1983) which had robbed the public of its civil liberties and taken the lives of, between as little as 10,000 and as many as 30,000 people. These stories were told to educate the world of the atrocities which had been committed by the Military Junta. ‚~Clandestine Childhood‚(TM) (Infancia Clandestina) acknowledges the grand issue, but it doesn‚(TM)t focus on it. Rather, it focuses on the complete opposite detail.

The story is about a child, Juan, who is Argentine-born but lives in family-imposed exile in Cuba for safety reasons, but is eventually brought back to his homeland after four years. While being Argentinian, his upbringing is more Cuban than it is of his home: his accent, his mannerisms, and his knowledge of his country. He must live in clandestiny for his family‚(TM)s protection, so he goes by the name Ernesto.

As mentioned before, ‚~Clandestine Childhood‚(TM) doesn‚(TM)t dwell on the military policing and the rough edges of Argentina, but rather the vision of what it‚(TM)s like to grow up in a country where you don‚(TM)t see the difference between good and bad. For Juan (Ernesto), it‚(TM)s about meeting new friends, falling in love, being around his family, and maturing. For Juan‚(TM)s parents, the situation is much more grave as they are part of a freedom fighters rebellion that could easily be compromised with one bad move.

The film is shot with high attention to detail, close angles, and very intimate feels. At times, storyboard/graphic novel-esque images detailed graphic scenes, such as gun fights, explosions, and other rough interactions. Director Benjam√≠n √?vila, who had based this film around his childhood, claimed that it was ideal to paint a picture of how it was remembered in from memory. Also, instead of just showing any other shootout, he had opted for the illustrated alternative.

As for the story, to be fair, it isn‚(TM)t much to write home about. While it surrounds Juan, his family and some of his friends, it doesn‚(TM)t come off as the most memorable story of the year. Was it meant to reach such an accolade? Probably not. A story is good enough.

√?vila said that the film is not about the politics or the police, but about the love and support for life that people have when trying to escape the darkness that surrounds them. √?vila didn‚(TM)t grow up in the worst conditions, nor did he feel oppressed by the state. Instead, he lived a childhood like any other kid; he wanted to tell a story about how it felt to push away the negativity, to be surrounded by love as much as he could give it.