14 April 2007 | kooleshwar
Not suited to commercial tastes...
I normally don't watch such films. We had borrowed a couple of DVD's and this was the only one that was playing on my player properly and despite my reluctance I was forced to watch this movie fully aware that this was not going to my tastes (I like commercial comedies, especially those involving teens and action films).
Like any other human I treat that what I do no understand with caution and I automatically scaled down my expectations and KEPT MY MIND OPEN (had to, to avoid misery).
The movie centres around a theatre (film?) festival in a small town,that buzzes with the festival fever (again an alien feeling but I could identify it with the buzz when the India hosted the cricket world cup).
The jokes are satirical and black and sometimes border on slapstick but are mostly dry and will rarely evoke more than smiles and the occasional chuckle.
The whole movie has cynical/satirical view about these festivals and the people who participate in it and maybe my simple brain is to underdeveloped for this film but I couldn't really understand what the movie was trying to say (or if it was trying at all).
Still the movie has some funny scenes but those were the ones that were close to commercial cinema such as the theater girl copying, the ventriloquist etc.
However as a lover of commercial cinema I found the alternate tracks about the Canadian actors, the confused priest, the wife, to distracting, boring and profound (if there was a point again) to my liking, I prefer nonsensical comedies with occasional intelligent joke (or commercial satirical comedy)but the artistic rendition of the characters and dry humour proved to heavy for my liking.
The acting was very good as expected with everyone having a startling human feel to it rather than the actor feel thats so evident in most commercial films (it also had something to with the kind of cameras (and angles) used and the dubbing.Maybe those who make commercial dramas can learn something from this movie and make their movies much more realistic (I watch movie to escape reality to I would want this but those who like to watch realistic movies (or film/cinema should I say) should watch this to know what realistic means).
Yet the characters were quirky and it would be difficult to find such people in real life (or so i think i don't know any real festival kind of actors).
Commercial considerations like sound/special effects are not there and not considered.
Due to my unfamiliarity in this kind of movies i cant suitably comment on things like direction etc.
Many SCENES GOT YOU THINKING BUT THE FEELING WAS COMPLETELY UNDESIRABLE AFTER A POINT.
In all a decent film which may not have much for the commercial moviegoers but should easily satisfy those who call movies..cinema (even some of my friends with higher tastes who find all Oscar winning movies brilliant seemed to like this film).
Commercial movie lover please don't get carried away with the awards (im sure there are given the sheer number of festivals) and watch this film.
There are better crossover films like say The Matador.
-s long boring, distracting and profound(??) tracks, humour is very dry,cynical/satirical.
+/-s not suited to commercial tastes, direction,script (??!!).
+s some genuinely interesting and funny scenes/characters, super realistic feel (good camera work and dubbing),Oscar movie lovers seemed to like it.
total 5/10 (met my super low expectation and because instead of treating what I don't know with hostility i prefer and neutral objective view).