Friday, September 14, 2007

TIFF 2007: Day 6

Playing catch-up....The festival's hitting its stride and I'm hitting the wall.

Jellyfish (Shira Geffen, Etgar Keret) - 8/10

Beautifully staged series of surreal episodes, all centering around a core set of modern Israelis. Quirky, but not (too) cloying, it's also really, really difficult to describe without making it sound like any other festival entry. Sweet and funny, with an absurdist edge, it's well worth one's time.

Help Me Eros (Lee Kang-Sheng) - 5/10

Essentially a Tsai Ming-Liang film, but too earnest by half. Lee Kang-Sheng has an eye for striking compositions, surely, but the film left me scratching my head.

Sukiyaki Western Django (Takashi Miike) - 6/10

Typical Miike: half-sloppy, half-brilliant. There's not enough spaghetti western to the whole thing, with only the opening sequence displaying any of the wit and style of Leone & company (and it looks and plays like a parody of Tears of the Black Tiger). The rest is intermittently fun, but I still wish Miike would try to make a good film again.

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