Many recent films have been shot in black and white: “Nebraska”, “The Artist”, “The White Ribbon” and “Ida”. This film, like those, is beautifully shot and the cinematography is one of the best things about it.
Chorus follows a couple, who separated ten years earlier after their only child disappeared. Iréne took refuge from her pain by singing in the chorus of the title and Christophe took his in the oceans of Mexico. They are brought back together when the body of their son is found.
The film moves very slow and has many shots of the mundane things of their lives. The story line jumps around some and it is never quite clear what is real and what is a fantasy or dream. Also, there is a voice-over that is a bit distracting, but really helps to gets across some essence of the character we have missed.
The screenplay should be commended for its minimal use of dialogue. There are many scenes that get across everything without saying a word. There are several scenes where Iréne sings with the chorus. Music is another great thing about the film. These scenes are wonderful to listen to, but don’t move the story forward. Also, we never get the feeling that Iréne is joyous about her singing. It seems like a job to her. Perhaps the fact that she seems to be lip syncing to the music didn’t help.
In the Q & A after the film, actress Fanny Mallette, who plays Iréne, said the days working with the great Genevieve Bujold, who plays her mother, were much more emotional and powerful for her. As a viewer I have to agree, those are some of the best scenes in the film. Much of the rest of the film didn’t have that same sort of emotionality to it.
I ended up not caring about what happens to these characters and that is a sure sign that I was not drawn into their world and never developed empathy for them. Overall the film is beautiful in sight and sound and tries to get across the theme of loss, but was missing something to draw me in, plus it moved too slow to keep my interest.
In 1968, ABC, the third place television network, decided to boost their ratings by hiring liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. to discuss and debate the happenings at the Republican and Democratic political conventions.
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
The result was a series of debates, discussions and heated exchanges between two of America’s intellectual giants with inverse political leanings. It was captivating television that drew in viewers, partly to understand the issues presented at the convention, partly for the witty banter between them and partly for the conflict and possibility of a fist fight. This unconventional news method paved the way for the modern pundit media circus that we have today.
Director: Morgan Neville
The film is as intelligent as its subjects. It delves into the psyche of these opposite men and shows up how they used the power of language to shape people’s views and change the course of history.
Director: Robert Gordon
Although it covers events decades past, it shows us the origins of the political landscape we have now and is just as relevant today. It’s delicious to watch and makes us long for the time where intelligent discussion was acceptable on TV. It subtly brings up excellent points about what the role of the news media is and should be, without ever being preachy.
The YouTube Party at Sundance 2015:
Highlights include, DJ, great hors d’oeuvres, photo booth.
We have picked up our tickets and credentials for 2015’s Sundance Film Festival. Our first film is tomorrow.
We currently have tickets to 14 films. Hoping to waitlist several more over the next few days.
Walking through Park City at the start of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Lots of great films to look forward to.
Tamar finds a flower, no, it’s grafitti. Banksy has been to Park City! Actually Banksy was here for the premier of his documentary film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” in 2010 when the image mysteriously appeared.
At the Salt Lake City Airport we encountered several greeting parties for Mormon missionaries who were returning from two-year missions.
Sundance 2015 is near! I leave tomorrow for Utah. I’m looking forward to seeing amazing films.