Saturday, July 16, 2011
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Laverty, Emanno Olmi
Director: Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Emanno Olmi
Starring: the italian masses. seriously, it was a three piece thing and i'm not putting that much work into this.
Three vaguely-intersecting stories about a train ride include a tale of lost love and regret; a tale of why sometimes it's good to run away from home; and a tale of charity born of morals.
this just solidified my dislike of italian cinema. don't care for. nope. i left and took a shower 2/3rds of the way through. i have only liked one italian movie and i absolutely hated it most of the way through and it had tilda swinton workin' it. i'm sure there are more out there that i would find perhaps acceptable, but i would not want to put myself through the process of discovering them. oh, i guess i enjoyed "la strada". there you go. two.
Yes, I understand why my estimable Woman didn't appreciate this; and I don't discount her opinion. Like much Italian cinema this was a slow trip from 1 to 1.2. Given the cramped nature of the setting, there wasn't much opportunity for schmancy camera work or major setups, but there were no major missteps either. You always felt like you were in a train, so OK.
What I did like about this movie is that it was about people making choices which were quite easy on paper but quite difficult in practice. The individual stories around how each character came to his or her conclusion are what held my interest, even if I chored through the last ten minutes only to find out what the Irish kids did.