toronto | three film thursday

by eug
September 13, 2008 1:04 AM
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A film essentially exploring what I would call "unrequited bonds," Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking" (film sill above) is ultimately my favorite film of the fest. And the last one I saw here in Toronto. But, I hope that doesn't create unintended expectations for this tender new film. I totally fell for "Nobody Knows" a few years back and for me this one is on par. A lot is going on in both the foreground and the background of so many seemingly straightforward sequences in "Still Walking." A nearly fragile work, the movie unfolds so effortlessly, and drew me in so subtly, that when it was over I was sort of bummed to have to leave the theater.

Thursday was a good movie day here in Toronto. I also finally caught up with Steve McQueen's striking "Hunger." A terrific collection of shots and sequences build to a showcase encounter at the core of the film. In one long, long take, two characters underscore the narrative with a rather stunning two-man conversation that builds and build, and builds even further. And finally, I also caught Rick Linklater's latest, "Me and Orson Welles." While others have been somewhat critical, I was apparently charmed by Zac Efron and the idealistic, youthful ambition on display (but Claire Danes, not so much). Even more entertaining: Christian McKay's portrayal of Welles.

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  • Janet | September 13, 2008 6:34 AMReply

    Eug:

    We share a lot of the same film taste! I really loved Kore-Eda's "Still Walking" too - just sublime! And yes, also really loved "Orson Welles and Me."

    As this is the first TIFF I've actually attended in decades - it occurred to me that amidst all the jockeying and positioning and deal making, that so much of a festival like TIFF (and others of course) is that this is where the film industry goes to indulge in what's important to them -- which is great movies. It's at the core. It's about that one-on-one falling in love with something great that moves or excites you. Yes, there's a business! And yes, success matters but at the essence, it's what drove so many of us to work in this film biz in the first place, regardless of the frenzied din and hype. We are film lovers who happen to work in the film world, -- always looking for the next film to love.