A Game for Girls – Matteo Rovere – Italy
A group of rich highschool girls go through life controlling and manipulating all the people around them. Things come to a head when the new young teacher tries to help them when one of them tries to commit suicide. The leader sees her lifestyle falling apart and sees this teacher as the cause. She fights back in the only way she knows how. It’s a fair film with some major problems. The tone is off for most of it, and none of the characters have any redeeming qualities. It’s nothing unique.
The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow – USA
It’s an action movie at heart, but a very good one. The film follows a bomb diffusion squads last days of deployment during the Iraq war. The characters are beleivable, and the tension is palpable. It’s everything you could want, minus any real sentiment. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it sure felt authentic and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
The Tour – Goran Markovic – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A small theater company gets caught in the middle of a war, and end up performing for both sides while they are trying to find their way home. It’s well acted and directed, but the characters make some illogical choices just to move the plot along. There is a message about equality that runs through the whole thing, but its just too in your face.
White Night Wedding – Baltasar Kormákur – Iceland
This is a cleverly told tale of a professer and his failing marraige, told parallel to the story of his second wedding. Information is revealed nicely using this parallel structure, and both tales climax at the end of the film. Besides the nice structure, the film has some great characters and some good dark-comedy running through the whole thing. It was a nice little enjoyable film that stumbles a bit at the end but has much going for it.
Able – Marc Robert – USA
Amatuer horror tripe. Worthless. Still, I have to give all the people involved credit. They at least they had the guts and drive to make a feature film! And they got it into a film festival! I just wish I didn’t have to see it.