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Ombline by Stephane Cazes #OffPlusCamera2013

This film has been granted the FIPRESCI award, was the runner up in the Main Competition and got also appreciated by the Youths Jury during Off Plus Camera 2013, which drew to an end last Sunday (April 21st) in Krakow, Poland.
Ombline is a private story of a young woman who finds out she’s pregnant after she has been arrested and put in jail for assault on a police officer guilty of the death of her late husband.
The plot circles around Ombline and her helplessness for most part of the film, but then she undergoes a transformation, bringing hope to people like her – flawed because of the circumstances she had to face as a child from troubled family.
Cazes worked on this feature debut of his for several years which is in a way reflected in the pace of the film – full of perfection, attention to detail and unforgettable lighting.
The beauty of the main actress does not allow for taking the hypnotised eyes off the screen.
It is sentimental, it is naive and it is slightly unreal. But – why not have a sentimental prison story for future generations.
Definitely worth my time.

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StringCaesar by Paul Schoolman (2010) #rdff

Where the depth of this project begins and ends is incredibly hard to establish. Schoolman has achieved results that cannot be compared to anything done in the resocialization of prison history.
Schoolman entered three prisons as distant as South Africa, Canada and the UK. There, he worked with the inmates on recreating the life of Julius Caesar between the ages of 14 and 33.

The project is fascinating not only because of how it has been created but also with the merit it delivers.
There are a few actors (only 10% of the whole cast) such as Derek Jacobi, Alice Krige and the main Warren Adler playing Caesar. But the main corps cosists of prisoners.

The fascinating story changed the lives of the inmates and apparently noone before did drama workshops in prisons.

All in all the film should be admired for not only the idea of making it in prison, but also for the story that Schoolman took on board. This is not Shakespeare’s Caesar. This is Caesar as presented in historical sources. The dialogues, the songs, the majority of the text has been created by the inmates involved in the project.
The result is stunning for its theatricality – remember prison has a very limited amount of space, for its drama, for the involvement of all who took part.
Amazing, incredible watch delivering a proper old Greek classic catharsis for the viewer. A must see.

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