Saturday, July 16, 2011
Writer: VasilisVasilikos (novel), Jorge Semprun
Starring: a bunch of french actors
a greek communist leader is assassinated with the help of the government and police. a magistrate investigates and finds some stuff out.
The fact that this is a French movie about Greece isn't why it's difficult to follow, but it certainly doesn't help. This was an interesting docu-drama about what were apparently some pretty difficult times, but it started a little too in medias res and never really gave us a chance to catch up. The cast of characters widened through practically the entire movie and there wasn't a lot of context behind what they all were doing. There was also a definitive slant towards one side of the story; and that usually bothers me.
There was some great technique here--I especially liked how they chose to vary by character the use flashbacks and imagery which caused us to question the point of view of the camera--and the production itself was great. But at the end of the day they had too much respect for the viewer in some places and not enough in others.
interesting-ish. not really my bag. i could see it was critically good, but it just didn't really jive with me. i was confused for awhile and then i got frustrated and stopped caring or paying attention. eh.