By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall March 4, 2009 at 3:48AM
Only a couple more to go (until we get to the unframed ones later in the year)...
This poster sits in what will become my son's room. I can't in good conscience leave it there, for fear that it might somehow be misinterpreted by a visiting guest; this docile-seeming image is more menacing than any I own.
François Ozon's See The Sea was a revelation to me and made me an instant fan of the director. I have followed him ever since. I am dying to see his new film Ricky, which seems to once again marry the subconscious anxiety of parenting with Ozon's unique brand of dread. What I also love about this poster is that it stands as a reminder that first impressions do not a career make; All of the Chabrol and Hitchcock, Polanski and Rohmer references have come to seem as restraints on a diverse career. Ozon is a unique filmmaker who reinvents himself with every film (compare Swimming Pool or Under The Sand with, say Water Drops On Burning Rocks, 8 Women or Angel or any of those with, say 5x2 or Time To Leave) yet retains a unique visual and tonal consistency that is purely his own. Unfortunately, the photo is crappy. C'est la vie. The original U.S. poster from Zeitgeist, on the other hand, is great. As is the film. But for my son's room? As bad as a poster of The Son's Room! It'll have to move.