wirespeed

the hypothetical maximum data transmission rate of a telecommunications medium

Posts Tagged ‘brussels’

Rumba, by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy (2008)

Posted by dlandgren on 2008-10-18

The second film we saw in Brussels was a UFO, an Unidentified Filmed Object. It’s refreshing to know that there are still people out there who are writing films that are completely off the beaten track, and other people who have the courage to distribute them (MK2 in this case).

Fiona and Dom are teachers at a school. She teaches English, he teaches Physical Education. Outside school they attend dance competitions (do the Rumba) and win lots of prizes. And then, one day, everything changes. Their lives fall apart. It’s played as a comedy, but the two main actors are so endearing that I couldn’t bring myself to laugh. Tragedy upon disaster piles up on them, and yet they remain entirely oblivious to the fact that their world is crashing down around them. But in spite of everything that happens to them, against all odds, things work out in the end. Even if plus rien ne sera comme avant.

The film as gloriously coloured as a Jacques Demy film, choreographed like a Jacques Tati and is a delight to watch. Ok, so it isn’t strictly a Belgian film, more a Belgian-French coproduction, but close enough. Highly recommended. There aren’t enough films like this being made these days.

Not your regular ballroom dancing

Not your regular ballroom dancing

Advertisements

Posted in cinema | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Eldorado, by Bouli Lanners (2008)

Posted by dlandgren on 2008-10-18

Laure and I were in Brussels last weekend (worth a post in itself) and we took the opportunity to catch up on some films. So, when in Belgium, watch some Belgian films.

The first film was Eldorado, by Bouli Lanners. It was shown at Cannes earlier this year in the Quinzaine des R√©alisateurs and received good reviews. It’s the story of a man who makes a meagre living dealing in old American cars, and comes home to find a burglary in progress. Rather than kicking (literally or not) the burglar out, a sort of friendship develops.

Eldorado

Eldorado

There are some very funny scenes, especially one that happens in a caravan. There’s also an interesting scene with a deck chair emblazoned with the name Alain Delon. It turns out that Bouli Lanners had a bit part in the film Asterix at the Olympic Games, and Delon was so disagreeable on the set that Lanners stole his chair. He puts it to good use in this film.

The film is short, only 85 minutes. It’s almost frustrating but the story is well told. The soundtrack is also very good… Jim Jarmusch springs to mind. There are only four pieces, of which two, I think, were composed for the film. It’s thus unlikely I’ll stumble across them which is a pity. The closing instrumental during the credits is particularly powerful.

It’s been nominated for the Oscars as Belgium’s entry for the Best Foreign Film award, so maybe it will get more screen time. It’s long since vanished from local screens, and we only managed to catch it at an Art et Essai at some odd time in the afternoon. Very much worth the effort to track down.

Posted in cinema | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »