Friday, August 10, 2012

Four-Sentence MIFF Reviews #2-5: Le Tableau, 11 Flowers, A Letter to Momo, The Man on the Roof

Le Tableau (Jean-Francois Laguionie)

In the land of The Picture, class war wages among the fully coloured Allduns, the unfinished Halfies and the barely-drawn Sketchies.
But where is The Painter?
Playful animation techniques colour an inventive world.
A man in the audience looked like Stringer Bell.

11 Flowers (Wang Xiaoshuai)

Towards the end of the Cultural Revolution, 11 year old Wang Han's main concern is for his new shirt, but there has been a murder in the village and the politics of the land are changing.
Warm and fascinating in domestic detail, starring a gorgeous bunch of hilarious young friends.
Funny boys are funny boys, the world and time over.
"If they don't arrest the killer, Wang Han, you'll never see your shirt again!"

A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura)

After the death of Momo's father, she and her mother move to the slow-moving country town where the latter grew up.
Momo is withdrawn and bored until three bumbling goblins show up to protect her/wreak havoc.
Along with the screwball Japanese weirdyness of the magical creatures is a very human story of grief and growth.
Beautifully paced and gently moving.

The Man on the Roof (Bo Widerberg)

Gritty realist police procedural gritty realist police procedural gritty realist police procedural HELLO shooting from rooftops exploding helicopters lots more guns the end!
Notably crazy array of hats and facial hair.
"I also volunteer!"
"Are you Police?"
"No, I'm a garage mechanic."
"Fine. Get him a gun."

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