Like the lonely woman standing in the beautiful but starkly barren snow white northern landscape – a painting by Québécois artist Jean Paul Lemieux, this riveting film captures the inescapable solitude and mystery that has shattered the lives of the two protagonists, Luc (Tatina Maslany from the TV series, Orphan Black), and Roman ( (Dane DeHaan).
Their intimacy inevitably becomes an obsessive retreat for one another – from the cold, their aloneness and their own childhood memories marked bitterly by their abusive fathers.
LE PEUPLE INTERDIT **
(Directed by Alexandre Chartrand)
Catalonia has a case to make, and no matter what the Spanish president says, the fierce people of Catalonia - known as los trabjadores de Espana: very hard workers), are determined to have their own country - so much so that they even have their own de facto elected President Artur Mas i Gavarro.
The striking sea of colours of the flag worn now as T-shirts on over 2 million people snaking their way like a never-ending flag along the two streets of Barcelona that fork off into a V - the letter that symbolizes vote, peace and victory. What an amazing sight, filmed from the heights of a helicopter.
On September 11th, 2014, almost 3 million people voted "yes" to separate, but Spain not only called the leaders terrorists, but completely refused to have any dialogue with the Catalan leaders who clearly had proven that the majority of the people wish for their own country. But first, they wished for Spain to allow and recognize a referendum of the matter.
Alexandre Chartran from Radio Canada and the director of this film also made a cameo appearance during the subsequent Catalan elections for their Assembly. It was pointed out by Gavarro that at least Canada allowed for a Quebec referendum to be held on separation - that this is legal and democratic.
The film was poorly edited, knitting together scenes that did not flow into political important dates that reflected the movement's growth and muscle. Still, the point was poignantly made if not over and over again, that Catalan's people would run a highly effective, common- sense country with passionate restraint - a sterling combination for democratic rule.
encouraging men to commit adultery.
NERUDA (Directed by Pablo Larraín) **+
He fakes blindness. After a series of hue hiccups, they end up falling blindly in love. Fun, wacky and wonderfully acted, the subplot of the two main characters is duplicated in another relationship of the other brother and the blind woman’s sister.
Each has his/her own reasons as they analyze what pushed them into moving into the beyond .Shot in black and white with electronic music mixed into images that reference trains, planes, clouds, landscapes, city streets and more, this 4-year project presents a theme rarely addressed.
This is a brilliant film that resonates with anyone afflicted with the desire to move, to change, to tread into the unknown space of that which lies ahead without knowing what to expect.
A visual collage of great importance, I rank this film a 21st-century innovative masterpiece that quintessentially uses film for what it is meant to do – to move us, to make us reflect and to make it seem that we are in fact a part of what we are watching.
BELGICA (Directed by Felix Van Groeningen) *****
TONI ERDMANN (Directed by Maren Ade) ****
Even with his daughter Ines upon whom he springs a surprise visit while she is working in Bucharest, Romania. Arriving one week before her birthday, he wears his silly disguises (the final one being the most outrageous) and stalks her no matter what important business meeting she has going on. He even joins her colleagues and clients; and to Ines’s anger and frustration endears himself to those who reluctantly but amusingly swallow up his stories about being connected to the right people.
Ines is trying to snag a major player of an oil company’s German CEO whom she must bring on board if she is to make the petroleum project she heads in Bucharest successful.