Spontaneous documentary

2 08 2010

Category; Film/movie

You’re on a plane next to some old guy who wants to talk. So what do you do, reach for the ipod?

Not if you’re Danielle Lurie; you reach for the video camera and make a documentary. Thirty minutes spontaneous filming is all it takes to make a lovely film when you have the right instincts and recognise you have the right subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Elle s’appelle Sabine / Her Name is Sabine

22 03 2010

Category; film/movie

Her name is Sabine, and she is Sandrine Bonnaire’s sister. Sandrine Bonnaire is a film star so her documentary was noticed.

Here’s the story; Sabine was not normal. She was beautiful, talented, wilful, but not normal… Read the rest of this entry »

Blame it on Fidel/La faute à Fidel

29 10 2009


category: film/movie

Blame it on Fidel

This is an absolutely delightful film. Set in 1970, A little girl’s world is turned upside down when her bourgeois parents become leftist activists. The beauty is that it resolutely holds to her perception of events no matter how spoilt or prissy she’s being and it does it in quite a magical way. A debut for director Julie Gavras and taken from the book by Domitilla Calamai (unfortunately not available in English). It made me think of Truffaut’s 400 Blows and Lucas Moodyson’s marvellous film ‘Together’, which was also set in the 1970s.

It feels like we’re only starting to explore the social trauma of the 1970s. It’s no surprise that Calamai writes in Italian as there have been a number of films and TV series there which have taken up the impact of political extremism in Italy in the 1970s (e.g. La Meglio Gioventu / Buongiorno, notte)  but there’s plenty of scope for work on the much less obvious social upheaval caused by the idealism and dissatisfactions of the time.

If you click on the image it should take you to the trailer for the film; it’s a lovely trailer too.