Monday, July 29, 2013

Four-Sentence MIFF Reviews #1-2: A Hijacking, Like Father Like Son

Hey hey, folks, ARPy's four-sentence MIFF reviews are back! (Try to keep the groans under your breath.)

A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm)

A cargo ship is hijacked by a bunch of hijackers (bet you weren't expecting that one), and bargaining for the crew's lives begins back at the company's headquarters in Denmark.
A tightly wound film that piles on the stress as the crew and staff in Denmark suffer from the increasingly drawn-out negotiations.
My first film at MIFF and I've already eaten all my fingernails.
Distracting factor: the company CEO looked like a cross between Tony Abbott and Paul Lineham.

Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda)

Officially my current favourite Japanese director, I was looking forward to this very much after last year's wonderful I Wish.
Two couples' lives are turned upside down when they discover that their sons (now six years old) were switched at birth in the hospital.
A story that in Hollywood hands would become the familiar "workaholic absent dad learns to value time with his children" is here given a subtle, human, gently humourous treatment.
Japanese children are also at least 40% cuter than all other children.

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