A very entertaining and short film about grown-up people behaving like cuckoos that reminded me of Polanski's "Carnage"... which, by the way, I remember being funnier/cringier than this. All-in-all, a cerebral and tidy mess, where everyone is (dis)connected.
Digital. More than twenty years after "Orlando"'s artistique crap and meanwhile not having seen any film of this director, here i am going to the cinema, trying to escape boredom, and come across this joke superiorly poorly filmed, in black-and-white just because, with actors corroborating the waste, in favor of another artistic object, this time striving to be witty. Another crap.
Genius beyond words. The story, the script, the actors, the cinematography, the rhythm, the editing, the soundtrack... Watching this once is far from enough to grasp all the little hints of brilliance. One of the best of the year, no doubt about it. April and Gottfried are one of the most hilarious couples I've seen. And from now on I officially declare Patricia Clarkson as my queen.
[Tears+Laughter] First film I've seen by you was 2000's "The Man Who Cried" (which was always what I thought my grave would read on its tombstone - 'the man who cried') I was 15/16 yo and did not get the chance to see a film of yours up on the big screen (or anywhere else neither) ever since. 17 Y E A R S passed and it's like being reacquainted with a former lover/friendo. Your art has not aged a day dear Sally... ♡
Such a tiresome and trite screenplay from Potter that little stabs at deployment of sophisticated visual language (never when two people are talking to one another, which she generally covers in a manner most bland) and a whole spate of for-the-most-part-more-than-fine performances (emaciated Timothy Spall knocks this one out of the park) are unable to produce anything other than what in the end is just an irritant.
This concise and acerbic film from Sally Potter offers many pleasures from its strong ensemble and biting dialogue. The tale concerns a newly proclaimed UK health minister giving a celebration party only to be ambushed with revelations of adultery, pregnancy, betrayals and terminal diagnosis from her assembled guests. Casting is impeccable with Thomas, Spall and Thomas the most impressive.