SNEAK PREVIEW: "Gabrielle"

by clarencecarter
September 22, 2005 6:05 AM
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Excerpts from a conversation half/mis-remembered between two Reverse Shotters at the Toronto Film Festival:

Clarencecarter: I think Abel Ferrara's Mary and Chereau's Gabrielle were probably the best things I saw here.

Brotherfromanother: L'enfant for me. We didn't talk about the Chereau last night—you really liked it?

CC: Yeah, I feel like making one of these sort of stylistically hyper-modern period pieces was a really interesting step for him to take after Son frère, which I thought was fantastic. In a lot of ways the formal play in Gabrielle reminds of Desplechin.

BFA: But Desplechin is never quite that silly.

CC: You don't think so? I feel like he's pretty silly.

BFA: And I'm not sure if I really believe the central premise: that the upper middle class hurts too.

CC: But isn't that sort of endemic to the kind of Ibsen-esque examination he's undertaking? It didn't bother me so much, but you can't really knock Pascal Greggory and Isabelle Huppert's performances. Greggory is one of those actors I never really noticed until that creepy little movie Raja which I saw here a few years ago.

BFA: Sure they're terrific, but don't you get the sense that they never really become characters—that they're more puppets in this formal experiment Chereau's created?

CC: Exactly. That's one of the reasons I like it: it's an artificial, cold movie.

BFA: About hot passions.

CC: At least I think we can both agree that one of the real finds here has to be Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking.

BFA: Absolutely, long live sub-American Beauty middlebrow stabs at skewering the politically correct!

CC: Especially when made by the douchebag scion of a filmmaking family that should have been sterilized ages ago.

BFA: Could it be any other way?

(Brotherfromanother, feel free to correct the record.)

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  • brotherfromanother | September 22, 2005 8:55 AMReply

    um... do you have a tape recorder in your brain? that's pretty good recall, dude.
    But I have to give you only a 7.4. (that's about three apples, btw) because you forgot our intensive discussion of One Last Thing, and how between the two of us, we'd make sure it won the audience it so richly deserves.