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Lazy Sunday afternoon

Filed under: other — kevin @ 19:22

I was wandering into town this afternoon when I realised that the only conversation I’d had today was with the cat. That’s more than slightly scary.

Breaking the Waves

Filed under: films — kevin @ 19:18

I’ve been renting quite a few videos from Heffers recently, this weekend’s was Breaking the Waves. I had heard lots of good things about it but missed it when it first came out and had never got round to seeing it. Maybe I was expecting too much.

I’ve liked the other Lars von Trier films I’ve seen but Breaking the Waves was just dull. I didn’t feel any involvement with the characters, most of whom were utterly two-dimensional. After watching quite a lot of european co-productions I can handle the random foreign actors, but none of the cast seemed to be trying very hard.

The photography was also very intrusive, the hand-held shakycam work grated after a while and the poor lighting made some scenes look like somebody’s home video. This may have been deliberately using natural light but there’s nothing natural about films, the film medium doesn’t have the same range as the human eye, you need extra light.

I actually got up halfway through the film to hang up my washing, that’s how much the film grabbed me. I amused myself by trying to guess when the film was supposed to be set but never did work it out (70’s cars but 80’s ticket machine on the bus, how geeky is that?).

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