in berlin | not "the greatest"

by eug
February 8, 2009 3:32 AM
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I was surprised to hear folks booing and whistling at the end of Lucas Moodysson's latest, "Mammoth." While I found the film quite disappointing, like others I didn't find the booing warranted. As I wrote in a dispatch from Berlin today for indieWIRE, Moodysson doesn't shy away from stirring a debate with his work, yet he also admitted that he's been surprised by the audience respose to his new movie.

Personally, I was most frustrated by a particularly unfortunate music choice that Moodysson made, employing Cat Power's "The Greatest" at two points in the film. That song was already used distinctively by Wong Kari Wai in his disappointment, "My Blueberry Nights," and it re-appeared earlier this week at the climax of Francois Ozon's "Ricky." Having the terrific song appear so earnestly in Moodysson's latest made the movie feel just that much more out of touch.

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