Archive for October, 2010

Turquaze – **

Posted: October 2, 2010 in Drama, Flanders, Turkey, XX

Seen at the UGC Antwerp

Turquaze is the most hyped movie in Flanders at the moment. For the very simple reason that it’s the first Flemish movie that deals about immigrants in Flanders directed by someone whose parents were immigrants as well. The director and his brother who plays the main character have been in every tv show. They ‘ve had interviews in every newspaper. And all the comments and reviews are extremely positive. The PR campaign itself deserves an Oscar. If you haven’t heard about this movie, you haven’t been in this region for a while.

However, I’ve just seen the movie and it’s just a decent piece of cinema. Nothing more and nothing less. There’s nothing original about the movie. There’s nothing intriguing about it either. It’s just an above average movie that would never attract a tenth of the crowds it attracts now, if word of mouth would have been the only way of advertising.

Leaving the theatre it puzzled me why I felt totally untouched by the whole experience. Nowhere in the movie did I feel empathy or apathy for any of the characters. Nowhere in the movie was I excited or curious to know what would happen next. I just enjoyed watching it.

Hands up for the director whose cinematic vision translated well to the big screen. It is a beautifully shot movie and you never have the impression that it’s made with a low budget. Pure class. The story on the other hand is very simple and predictable. It’s not half as fascinating as it could have been and the dialogues are silly. Actually, the best scenes in the movies are those scenes in which nobody talks. Those scenes are very impressive and it shows the talent of the actors who really can express a lot with their behaviour and their look. But again, the dialogues are just too silly and ruin the whole experience.

The story, by the way, follows a few weeks in the life of a Turkish-Flemish musician after the death of his father. He has a Flemish girlfriend, but hasn’t introduced her to his family yet. Nor has he been introduced to her family. He has two brothers: one conservative older brother and one lost teenage brother. Yeah, that’s basically the story. 2 hours long.

Again, it’s a good movie. But it’s slow. And it’s never funny. Nor does it ever make you feel emotional. If you want to see a good home made movie about intercultural relationships check the Brussels drama¬†Au-Dela De Gibraltar ***.

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O Homem Do Ano – *

Posted: October 1, 2010 in Action, Drama, X
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Seen at home on dvd

Being a fan of Brazilian movies, I had to see O Homem Do Ano (Man of the year), which is considered one of the bst of the last decade. Well, check, I’ve seen it. Next!

It’s not all that bad, but it just isn’t all that good either. The directing is very good (some shots are really clever), the acting of the main character is great (very subdued) and the sneer at modern-day Brazilian society is effective. BUT there’s just something terribly wrong with the story. It doesn’t captivate. It’s even silly at certain moments. It’s the story of an ordinary guy transforming into a succesful hit man financed by the local rich to kill the street criminals. It sounds believable on paper, but it just doesn’t seem believable on-screen.

The main problem is that you just don’t care about the characters. You don’t really get to know the main character and you definitely do not get to know any of the other people in the movie. His friends, his girlfriends, his victims, the guys who give him the assignments. They are just extra’s, underdeveloped stereotypes. There’s not one single supporting character you care for. Nor do you care for the main character. The only character you care for is a pet pig of which the squeals are some of the best dialogue of the movie!