Tuesday, January 25, 2005

KBT Presents: JEUX D'ENFANTS



This film was predicted (by me) to be 2004s Memento: A movie that just comes out of nowhere and turns a lot of heads for it's audacious visual style. Well, what do I know? It was critically panned and the distributor (Paramount Classics) all but ignored it (no advertising budget = nobody knows about the film). Thus, it is a job for KBT to bring this nasty piece of celluloid to light.
The best way to describe the film would be if Terry Gilliam, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet all decided to collaborate on romantic comedy and the result is Fight Club merged with When Harry Met Sally.... The characters may be a bit shallow, but the storytelling is vigorous and inventive. I loved every single frame of the picture. Imagine Amelie with all of the sweetness drained out to be replaced by l'amour fou: a reckless and needy love.

As children Sophie and Julien do not fit in with everyone else, but they have each other. They are overly clever, and begin a series of games where one challenges the other to do something daring. The thrill of this gets addicting, and when they begin to grow up, love enters the equation, but the dares get more and more dangerous. Their relationship can never really develop because the game gets in the way of trust.
It is the anti-romantic comedy: a satire of the genre which adheres, somehow to its rules nevertheless.

Come by at 8:15pm for a bowl of homemade vegetable soup, tea biscuits, and a beverage (or two) prior to an 8:30pm show-time.

2 Comments:

Blogger grace said...

sounds like i need to see this one...

also, i'm all about the shallow characters :P

2:24 PM  
Blogger cat said...

i must wish you happy birthday because grace told me to!

happy birthday!!

1:46 PM  

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