A Quiet Place
Another thriller that I can’t help but remember because of everything in it. The main roles were played by the family actors. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The former also acted as a director. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where people are exterminated by monsters—blind but with incredibly fine hearing. Our heroes are a family of farmers with three children. Who can not always explain why they can not make noise, especially if one of the children can not hear.
They try to avoid creaking floorboards, use sign language, and listen to music through headphones. But soon, another baby is due in their house. And how can they contain their screams and the cries of the mother in labor? The most amazing thing about this film, which has already been named. One of the ten best pictures of the year by the American Film Institute, is the deafening silence. The picture can’t be turned on just in the background. So watch from the first to the last second without tearing yourself away.
I have to admit, I’ve loved Paul Dano ever since Little Miss Happy, both as an actor and as a vocalist and guitarist. But in “Wild Life” he has revealed himself in a new role – that of a director. and successfully at that. Together with his girlfriend, Zoe Kazan, He wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Richard Ford.
The viewer follows the lives of the Brinson family—Janet, Jerry, and their teenage son Joe. Trouble begins when Jerry is fired from his job and refuses new offers. To support the family, Janet gets a job as a swimming instructor herself. And eventually, Jerry does accept a low-paying job. Their marriage begins to slowly come apart at the seams, which does not go unnoticed by Joe. “Wild Life” is really a portrait of a family in crisis. A portrait well shot by Dano and brilliantly played and Carey Mulligan paired with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Isle of Dogs/Isle of Dogs
This cartoon mixes everything—love of dogs, Japanese directing, and details, and it is finely done. And made so that the picture would be interesting to anyone over the age of 13. The action is set in the future in Japan, which is on the brink of ecological disaster. Dogs as breeding grounds for the “dog flu” here are exiled to a separate dog island. But not everyone is willing to put up with this state of affairs. Neither the dogs, nor some people, or rather children. Crazy is crazy beautiful, stylish, touching, and very peculiar—so filmed by adult storyteller Wes Anderson. Who is very fond of dogs. Well, look for yourself: even the English title of the cartoon is an amusing play on the world. Isle of Dogs sounds like I love dogs. And it’s really noticeable!
Being Astrid Lindgren/Unga Astrid
We all know Astrid Lindgren as the mother of Carlson and Pippi, two fun and wacky characters. But what was life like for the writer herself? At the beginning of the film. She appears as a teenage girl living in a conservative family in rural Sweden. She wants to break free. Although She gets an internship at a newspaper, where she strikes up a rapport. A relationship with an editor much older than Astrid herself. When she becomes pregnant. She leaves her family home and travels to Denmark to give birth. To her son Lasse in secret because it is only here. They don’t ask for the mother’s or father’s name. But the child had to be given to a foster mother.
In fact, Astrid was left alone, and the money she could earn, she put aside to meet her son. However, her life began to improve years later. The guilt didn’t let go of the writer. Who was determined to make thousands of children around the world happy at any cost and to give them? They are very funny little fellows. I mentioned it at the beginning. The film itself received quite warm reviews from critics, who praised Alba August’s talented acting.
Cold War/Zimna Wojna
Poland, France, Britain
At Cannes, director Pawel Pawlikowski took. The award for best director for his “Cold War” was also at the European Film Awards. Where the film itself was named best. That violin at the beginning of the film, that black and white color scheme, everything draws. The viewer’s attention is drawn to the unfolding love story in an impossible post-war time of devastation.
He is the artistic director of the ensemble. She is a girl from a neighboring village—both from different backgrounds with different temperaments. But love does not choose whom it comes to. They met, as they would say now, during a casting call. where she does perform her favorite son. “Heart,” from the movie “The Merry Boys.” What’s that song about? he asks. “About love,” she answers. Like the whole movie, it’s about love, but in spite of it. “Cold War” is already being called by critics a movie that will become a classic. And it’s hard to argue with that.
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