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Hidden

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Spy cam

Spy cam

Hidden is a mystifying film that does not leave you disappointed, largely because, although it is very open in terms of plot resolution, it is a satisfyingly closed journey emotionally. Seeing this film came to me on the back of many positive reviews and a great deal of word of mouth encouragement and I can only add to that.

Daniel Auteuil plays a bourgeois intellectual with a wife (brilliantly performed by Juliette Binoche) and young son whose current satisfied life is disrupted by the arrival of a number of videos showing his apartment – it’s obvious he’s being spied on. Then the videos start arriving wrapped in disturbingly violent, childish drawings. As Auteuil tries to find out who is spying on him, the slow evolution of the plot opens up cracks in the family (Is Binoche having an affair? What’s going on with the kid?) and winds up the tension until you are not sure what’s going to happen, but whatever it is you know it’s not going to be good. This all ends up relating back both to Auteuil’s childhood plus to events in recent French history that still have relevance today. There are a few odd moments – a bit of symbolism is very heavy-handedly done – but overall it’s one of the better films of recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

Three Colours: Blue, Three Colours: White and Three Colours: Red

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Blue

Blue

Three Colours: Blue had always been for me one of those universally acknowledged film greats that I’d not got around to seeing. In fact watching yet another of those countdown clips show on great movies I was struck by the fact that it was the only movie near the top of the list that I had not seen. So I watched it and was sufficiently impressed to watch the rest of the three colours trilogy. Taken together the films really are a masterpiece – although perhaps harder to analyse than most, as they work in the emotions rather than the intellect. Named after the colours of the French flag they represent the spirit of liberty, equality and fraternity – as well as strongly featuring the colour of its title in its costumes and set design. Each one stars a breathtaking European woman (though the middle film, White is from the perspective of her admirer), who each make brief appearances in the other films.

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June 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm