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Temblores – *

Posted: November 15, 2019 in 2019, Drama, Guatemala, LGBT themed, Luxemburg, X

Pablo has left his wife and kids to be with a guy. His family wants him to start with a gay conversion therapy. Which he does. The end.

It’s set in Guatemala, made with Luxemburg money and it’s boring. There’s zero chemistry between the two men. And the whole conversion therapy feels more ridiculous than intriguing/realistic.



A director from the French-speaking part of Belgium made a movie about the life of Jewish businessmen in Germany, just after the end of the second world war.

The international title is Bye Bye Germany, which isn’t really a good translation of the original title. It should have been Once Upon A Time In Germany. The English title however explains a bit more about what the movie is all about though.

After having been rescued from the camps, the remaining Jews in Germany wanted to leave to the USA or (then) Palestine as soon as possible. Some of them decided to stay in Germany and do a little business to make money before emigrating. One of them was David Bermann, who – together with a group of aspiring emigrants – starts selling linen to the Germans. Any trick in the book was worth the try and they did succeed in making good money fast.

However, the memories of the atrocities of the war are still very fresh and not everyone can put the past behind them as easy as some others. Bermann himself on the other hand seems to only look at the future. Until an American investigator invites him to explain why his name is in a lot of Nazi documents. Was Bermann a traitor? Was he a collaborator? Or is he just a con, lying and cheating in order to survive?

The premise sounds intriguing, but the movie is a bit of a bore. There’s not a good balance between the storyline of the Jewish people trying to survive after the war and the storyline of the investigation. It starts of great though, with a lot of details on how these Jewish door-to-door salesmen managed to sell their goods. But then the focus shifts to the interrogation. The director decided to let Bermann explain what happened to him, accompanied with flashback scenes. Probably because he wants the audience to also doubt if the stories are true or not. But somehow that doesn’t really work that well.

Interesting, but not memorable. It wasn’t a success in Germany. Neither will it be in the rest of the world. It does look good though.

Kursk – *(*)

Posted: November 13, 2018 in 2018, Belgium, Disaster, Drama, Luxemburg, X1/2

Kursk is an ambitious movie about a Russian submarine disaster that happened not that long ago. It focuses on the crew that survived the initial blast and got stuck at the bottom of the sea waiting to be rescued. It also shows the despair and frustration of the family members waiting for news about their loved ones. And it’s a big critique to the malfunctioning Russian marine. So far so good.

However, this is a Belgian movie (!) with an international (European) cast who all speak English with an accent. They don’t even try a Russian accent. No, they speak English with a French, Swiss, German, Danish, Swedish, Flemish, Dutch accent. Oh, there are some British actors too, but they play  British navy staff so that’s ok. It’s initially very difficult to accept. Especially during the (overlong) character introduction. Here you have a bunch of Russian marines and their wives at a wedding in a remote Russian village and they all sound like exchange students speaking English as a common language.

But then the story moves forward as the submarine experiences a first explosion, which happens faster than expected once the ship sails out. Several crew members manage to survive the blast and are locked up in a small compartment trying to figure out how to get enough oxygen. Outside, the Russian navy is trying to figure out how they are going to rescue the survivors with their malfunctioning equipment. Further outside is the British navy offering help, to no avail.

The appreciation of the storytelling depends on your knowledge of the outcome of the events. The appreciation of the actual movie experience depends on what your expectations are of a disaster movie made with a budget of 20 million euro.

It’s not such a bad movie really. It’s not going to get a wide release though.

I love browsing in second-hand record stores and cd/dvd shops. Whenever someone asks me what I’m looking for, I always say  J’aurai Voulu Etre Un Danseur, just because nobody seems to have heard about the movie, let alone have it in their collection. It always works. I ask them a rare dvd, they don’t have it and they leave me browsing on my own.

A few weeks ago, I tried the same in a dvd store in Lyon, but – you’ve guessed it – the guy had the dvd! For 7 euro! I didn’t really want to see it that badly; but since he had it, I couldn’t refuse.

I never read anything about this movie, but I just liked the title because I as well have always wanted to be a dancer. I thought it was about a guy who’s obsessed about Gene Kelly and tries his very best to follow his footsteps. It stars Cecile de France in a supporting part and it’s made by Alain Berliner, who previously made interesting movies like Le Mur and Ma Vie En Rose. 

But, alas! This is not a joy to watch. Sure, it’s about a guy who wants to become a dancer, but it’s about several guys within one family who decide they will give up everything to become a tap dancer after having seen Gene Kelly in Singing In The Rain. There is something original about the script, but it just doesn’t work because it becomes to crazy. Suddenly you have a professor in the future who explains that certain genes in the back of the head will make children do exactly the same as their parents once that gene is triggered by a mutual event. In this case, the event is watching Singing In The Rain, which makes young fathers abandon their family to become tap dancers…

Yes. it’s that weird.

Don’t buy it for 7 euro when you come across of it. I have it here for six. 😉

and my new rare movie that I’ll use is Corps Ouverts.