Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Café de Flore

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Starring: Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Vanessa Paradis

Two stories 42 years apart intertwine. Celebrity DJ Antoine (Kevin Parent) lives in Montreal and has recently left his wife Carole (Hélène Florent) and set up a home with their two children and his new girlfriend, Rose (Evelyne Brochu). Meantime in Paris Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) struggles to raise her Down’s Syndrome son, Laurent (Marin Gerrier) in 1969, after her husband has walked out on them. When Laurent falls in love- with classmate Véro (Alice Dubois), who also has Down Syndrome, Jacqueline realizes with shock and anger that she is jealous of them. The association between the stories is both Antoine’s and Laurent love the eponymous song, “Café de Flore, ” which transports when they hear it them to a blissful state. The movie is told in non-chronological order, with flashbacks within flashbacks and a narrative constantly jumping back and forth across decades. Recurring images feature strongly and by the end of the movie (should you wait) the entire lives and histories of the characters gradually come together. Confused? Yes you will be in this emotional hotchpotch of love.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Get the Gringo

Get the Gringo Director: Adrian Grunberg Starring: Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Dolores Heredia, Peter Gerety, Peter Stormare, Jesus Ochoa, Roberto Sosa, Bob Gunton, Patrick Bauchau, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Scott Cohen, Dean Norris, Fernando Becerril Driver (Mel Gibson) is a professional criminal who lands himself in "El Pueblito," the most notorious Mexican prison. Apprehended after a mad dash car chase through the desert dressed in a clown face and loaded with cash the Mexican authorities decide to keep the Gringo to the consternation of the US Marshals. In the over crowed cess pit, Driver survives by keeping his head down and befriending a tough 10-year-old urchin (Kevin Hernandez). The boy is incarcerated with his mother (Dolores Heredia) and singularly determined to take revenge on the man who killed his father. Meantime the prison's insidious overlord, Javi (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) has designs of the young lad as a liver donor for transplant. Just about what you can expect form a Mel Gibson movie and certainly not for the squeamish, but will definitely suit the action junkies. Think Sam Peckinpah and Midnight Express meets the Shawshank Redemption and you are about there. I like Mel Gibson and would certainly recommend this one.