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Movie #2 from the Volkskrant ‘best of 2016’ movie box.

This is everything Boi Neon is not. It’s well directed, well written, well scripted, well acted, entertaining, exciting, cool, intriguing, real and most of all: appealing to a large audience.

Based on true events, this crime story takes place in Argentina in the early eighties. An ex military official, used to kidnapping people during the Junta period, decides to kidnap rich folk and ask ransom to make a living for himself and his children. This works well several times, until – of course – he gets busted. The intriguing part is the fact that his family is aware of what their dad is doing and this is played out really well in the movie. The father himself isn’t the main character, it’s his son Alejandro, who’s very troubled trying to lead a normal life (being a known Rugby player, setting up his own surf shop business, starting a relationship, etc..) while being forced to help his father. This is the angle the producers decided to take and it works wonderfully. When you read in newspapers about the passive complicity of family members of criminals, you always wonder how they can just watch/participate and be quiet, and this movie shows you exactly why.

Great movie !

Hello, I’m Kar Wai Wong and I want to show the whole world what I can do with my camera and my editing tools. I can film scenes that are very atmospheric both in black and white and in bright colors. I can even film scenes with the sun shining into the camera, because it gives that extra artistic effect. I can fast forward and slow down scenes in order to set a mood that a lot of cinema festival lovers will rave about. Those who don’t just don’t understand my artistic expression. I still have to work on my story telling, but when you tell the tale of two asian men immigrating to Buenos Aires to fall in and out of love with each other, the script doesn’t matter all that much. It doesn’t matter if the romance doesn’t make sense at all and if the characters are too fucked up to be interesting. It’s exotic and controversial and that’s what festival lovers and world cinema lovers like. It’s not my masterpiece yet, but it shows my talents and creativity. Too bad everyone will just remember the acting performance of Tony Leung and nothing else. But hey, who cares. I have more in store.

A man takes a plane to Ushuaia to scatter the ashes of his diseased wife on the exact location of where they first met. After he checks in at the hotel, he watches an item on tv about people peacefully dying in the snow. In the room next door is a stewardess who arrived on the same flight and fears of being pregnant. She also falls asleep watching the same tv show. Both meet the next day in a snowy landscape supposedly trying to commit suicide individually. They decide to go back and hang out. A bit like La Fille Sur Le Pont, but then filmed on a low-budget in the southernmost part of Argentina.

I always feel bad dissing a low-budget movie, but sometimes it’s SO obvious that it starts to annoy. It’s like the movie team was in Ushaia for 5 days when the weather was bad and they only had three or four locations where they could film. Every scene could only be recorded in one take, preferably at night. And preferably ten minutes long. You can make a good movie with those limitations, but then the story should be different. If I start watching a movie taking place in Ushuaia where people intend to die slowly just by letting themselves be caught by the cold of a snow storm, then I want to see snow. I want to see a white glare on the screen. Not something grey. Unfortunately a lot of the poetry that couldn’t be visualized is read out in a voice over. I’m sure it’s very poetic in Spanish, but the beauty was lost in translation. Even the jokes were very linguistic and didn’t translate well. But the main problem why I didn’t like this movie that much is that there was no passion in this love story. I just didn’t believe that these two strangers were supposed to meet and find each other. Sorry

Un Año Sin Amor – 1/2

Posted: March 27, 2011 in 1/2, 2005, Argentina, Drama

Hm. An Argentinean writer who’s HIV positive decides to keep a diary and in the mean time explores the world of SM in Buenos Aires. That’s pretty much it. It sounds like it could be interesting, but apart from the cute face of main actor Juan Minujn there’s absolutely nothing exciting in this movie. There’s no emotion whatsoever. Maybe that was the directors’ aim to show how ’empty’ the life of the main character is. But sorry, I do want to feel something when I watch a movie. The most exciting scene is the one where they zoom in on medication dissolving in a glass of soda.That says it all really. Not in the least impressed. Next!