Daily Archives: March 18, 2012

Kramer vs. Kramer by Robert Benton (1979)

Another (next to Woody Allen’s Manhattan) 1979 gem. A film made in the times, when no element, no line of dialogue, no gesture would appear in the frame for no reason. Every single component has a meaning; certain scenes placed at various points in the plot cement the emotional aspect of the film – like the elevator scene, when Meryl Streep walks out on Dustin Hoffman (NB he got the Oscar for this role – quite deservedly) who is so stunned at the fact that he does not even attempt at holding the elevator to prevent her from doing this. Like the morning breakfast scenes illustrating the development in the relationship of father and son – especially the constrasted morning of the first breakfast without the mother and the last breakfast without the mother in their lives.

It is a painful and emotional tale of a breakup between two adults, which would be most probably less complex had there not be a child involved. Their son brings into the equation a whole different set of complications for their careers and emotional development.

Excellent film. Fantastic (as always) Dustin Hoffman…

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Before Sunset by Richard Linklater

The lovely sequel to the one set in Vienna – Before Sunrise.

The action opens 9 years after the events of the original film. Same actors, only Vienna is replaced by Paris.

Ethan Hawke’s character wrote a book inspired by the Vienna night and comes to Paris to promote it. Celine pops in to the bookshop and they set on a walk. Turns out the French girl did not make it to their appointment at the railstation as they had agreed as she had her grandma’s funeral to go to. Jesse did wait for about 3 days wandering around but finally gave up. At present he is married and has a daughter.

They walk throughout Paris, take on a boat to finally end up in Celine’s flat listening to Nina Simone. A lovely story beautifully lit by the afternoon sunshine. Another film happening respecting the classical rules of the unity of action  time and place.

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