Somebody said (was it Soderbergh?) that one may assume a film by a glimpse at its director. Probably this is not always the case, but the definition fits Marek Lechki’s case. The main protagonist, played by Tomasz Kot, very much brings to mind the calm and restrained director.
The films tells the story of a fairly young man, who, which is more and more visible in the process of following his steps, had renounced his dreams and aspirations to become a pawn in average sized accounting company. As a youth, he set up a jazz band, played the trumpet, now is a boring uninspiring citizen. His path leads through the steps of his younger self when due to an accident he is stuck in his hometown for longer than originally planned.
It is a very calm and minimalistic film showing way more on the edges than centrally onscreen. A fascinating tale, universal at that. The film screened at Toronto and other important places. Won the 1-2 competition at Warsaw Film Fest in 2010. For a reason. This is one of those important voices of our times.
Scored by Bruce Peninsula, starring moustached Peter Stormare, the tale is well paced, the murdered girl’s face pretty beyond local standards. Walter’s (local police officer) life partner seems to be on a different page than him and despite the fact that the film tells the story of solving a murder case, their misunderstandings at dinner add some taste of life.
The main connotations are Fargo, Twin Peaks. This one nicely fits in the genre despite being set in Canada.
One more to your list. Watch it!
Vincent Cassel as a redhead.
Ideologically, there might be a point of making a film on redheaded people. They have no special rights, are not treated as a minority, the film suggests they should be.
Technically, the film is interesting, has great pace, a certain amount of provocative scenes, where one wonders how far will the two main characters go in pushing things to their limits. They cross the borders with no hesitation. For that reason, the film is fascinating to watch, that and the amazing Vincent Cassel as the bitter crazy elderly gentleman who seemingly has nothing to lose and may want to enjoy life for the last time thanks to accidentally met teenage redhead portrayed by Olivier Barthelemy.
Other than that, the film seems to be an attempt at touching upon the subject and despite being pleasant and at times disgusting to watch, does not bring anything fresh. Some points are certainly valid, the film is worth a watch, but there is something lacking in it. The closure does not give satisfaction, maybe only by giving the spectators a relief that there’s an end to all madness at some point.
The idea came to its author after having heard the news on the radio. Apparently there was a farmer accused of running a brothel on his farm. He claimed his gf made him and invited her friends over. He couldn’t do anything to stop them. He needed female company.
This is not a story for the fainthearted. There is a dangerous portion of laughter and inconvenient truths. The lead role by Domhnall Gleeson delivers a credible creation. Tom Hall’s direction is effortless and the setting looks familiar, which helps following the story. There are a few surprising dialogue lines which may seem obvious when uttered by a cityboy, less likely by a farmer in such kind of narrative. All in all, the story is told craftily and lightly touches upon an important subject matter which probably should not be trivialised. Tom Hall offers the opposite point of view, a classic tool for enabling the audiences looking at things from a different perspective.
Recommend. New Irish Cinema at its best!