Archive for September, 2011

Movie I dig 024: Tous les soleils (2011)

You want something light and funny? Tous les soleils, there you go!

It’s about a father who is raising his 15-year old daughter alone, since his wife died in a car crash several years ago. Everyone around him is telling him that he needs to move on, but he has a hard time doing so and to make matters worse he also has trouble adapting with his young daughter turning into a young woman. Of course he blames this on his daughter’s puberty, but he should rather seek the problem – and the answer – on his side. Add a weird brother who is living with them and you got a great mix of funny stuff bound to happen.

Sorry, I could only find a trailer with Dutch subtitles.


Movie I dig 023: Kokuhaku (Confessions) (2010)

Kokuhaku will leave you with an empty feeling and a lurking hatred for teenagers. So no, it’s not an easy film to watch, even though the main subject, revenge, isn’t that complicated. I also have to mention that I couldn’t stop watching it. I grabbed me and didn’t let me go from start to end.

It’s about a highschool teacher in Japan who announces that she is going to stop teaching them. While doing this announcement she also tells her students that her young daughter passed away. Then, as she continues she explains that she thinks – and has proof – of it being a murder instead of an accident, as the police concluded. From here things start happening fast and I’m not going to spoil it.

This movie shows once again how fragile life can be, but also how cruel the living can be. Even though it’s not an easy movie to watch, it certainly is well worth it.

Movie I dig 022: Submarine (2010)

Submarine is based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne. I’ve read that novel a few years back. An extremely funny and witty read.

The film is exactly like that. Richard Ayoade did a terrific job on visualising the novel.

Basically it’s a film about and narrated by Oliver Tate, who is a peculiar young fellow, to say the least. It’s like he always try to approach everything with the utmost level of emotionlessness and rationality. This is quite funny since a 15-year old boy is full of emotion with hormones racing through his body. And so is Oliver. In this film Oliver falls in love and of course his little heart – as his father describes it – is broken.

Most of the characters in this film seem to be coming straight from a weird cartoon rather than a real world. (Nonetheless credible.)

Movie I dig 021: Jeg reiser alene (I travel alone) (2011)

I could start with how seriously bad it is when a young girl is being raised without knowing her father and how her too young mother kind off keeps her away from her father, but I’m no going to do that. No, instead I’m going to say how much fun I had watching this movie! A fuckin’ lot of F-U-N! Maybe it’s my age but I can completely relate to a lot of things – apart from being a father – in this film. And that makes me enjoy it the way I do.

I hope they make a third Jarle Klepp and in the mean time I’m going to look for the first one.

Movie I dig 020: Hævnen (In a Better World) (2010)

This Danish film is a nice example of how a few completely different storylines – each with it’s own problems, difficulties and shine – can be related, without making it fit too perfect. I think the most important spider in making this web of a film succesfull was without any doubt, the director Susanne Bier. The way she manages to relate these different stories – even though it involves the same people mostly – is impressive, especially if you consider how credible it still is. Of course the actors in this film also deserve their fair share of credit.

I think this film touches upon (although in exaggerated versions) many problems and difficulties that a modern European family faces today.