Sunday, November 18, 2012
VOICE OF MY FATHER (2012, Orhan Eskikoy + Zeynel Dogan, Turkey, A+20)
Films seen on Saturday, November 17, 2012
1.VOICE OF MY FATHER (2012, Orhan Eskikoy + Zeynel Dogan, Turkey, A+20)
This film unintentionally reminds me of BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY (2008, Edwin, Indonesia), because both are political films dealing with massacre and come in the form of "contemplative, arthouse films."
I'm not sure which massacre VOICE OF MY FATHER is dealing about. I just knew that it is about the massacre of Alevis. I think it might be about this one:
It is interesting to see the name Özcan Alper in the ending credit of VOICE OF MY FATHER. Özcan Alper directed AUTUMN (2008, A+), which uses the rural landscape as powerfully as VOICE OF MY FATHER.
The use of voiceovers, the tracking shots, and the memory of brutality in VOICE OF MY FATHER remind me of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959, Alain Resnais).
The ending of VOICE OF MY FATHER is extremely powerful. It is a miraculous panning shot.
The use of subtitles in VOICE OF MY FATHER is also very interesting. The subtitles in this film come in two colours--white and yellow. I guess the white ones are translated from Kurdish. The yellow ones are translated from Turkish. But I'm not sure. This technique reminds me of the film DISSOLUTION (Nina Menkes).
2.COLOURS IN THE DARK (2010, Sophie Heldman, Switzerland, A+15)
One of my most favorite scenes in this film is the scene of Senta Berger walking alone in town after she had her ring cut. This scene seems to be a simple scene, but it makes me feel very lonely. I think it has to do with the frame of the scene and the fact that it is in long shot.
I also like how the film deals with various things about human nature, such as the fact that sometimes one needs a private space.
In fact, sometimes I like films which make me feel that my miserable life is not too miserable. The films which make me feel that my life is not too bad usually come in two groups: films about very poor people who struggle hard to survive, and films about people who are richer than me but they are still unhappy.
COLOURS IN THE DARK and ALL WE EVER WANTED (2010, Sarah Mathilde Domogala, A+) belong to the second group. I have lived my life in a very small apartment during the past 17 years. My dream is to live in a house like the one in COLOURS IN THE DARK. So when I see that the characters who live in a house like that are unhappy partly because the house becomes too big a burden for them, it makes me feel better. Hahaha.
I think this film should be screened together with the advertisment for the Thai Life Insurance company, because this advertisement also deals with an old couple. The advertisement is too sweet for me, so I think it should be blended with the bitterness of COLOURS IN THE DARK.
3.HOLY MOTORS (2012, Leos Carax, France, A+)
4.GAAMER (2011, Oleg Sentsov, Ukraine, A+)
To be successful, and to accept the fact that your success can be considered "nothing" in other people's eyes--this is what I think about after seeing GAAMER.
I like the feeling of emptiness near the end of the film very much. Sometimes I feel bad when I see the ending of such films like STUDENT OF THE YEAR (2012, Karan Johar, A+25), in which the characters become materialistically successful. The ending of GAAMER is like an antidote for such endings.