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By Ian Bartholomew  /  STAFF REPORTER


Mademoiselle Chambon

Low-key French drama about a blue-collar dad who falls for his son’s teacher, a woman of high culture who nevertheless finds herself becoming a victim of her own desires. Scriptwriter and director Stephane Brize picked up a Cesar Award last year for best film adaptation of this work from a novel by Eric Holder, and he keeps the whole thing very buttoned down. The power of the film derives from the turmoil that is taking place beneath the surface and the terrible consequences for the very respectable main characters if it breaks loose. The level of restraint has the critics polarized. Despite generally acknowledged fine performances by leads Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon, Mademoiselle Chambon might be just a tad too respectful and bloodless to attain widespread appeal.

Rec 2

Aliens meets The Exorcist meets Cloverfield in Spanish. This is a sequel to the highly regarded Rec, a classic of hand-held camera point-of-view filmmaking. In the original the camera in question was that of a television crew. In Rec 2 it is cameras mounted on the helmets of an elite armed response team sent into the same abandoned city block to find out what happened to the original media expedition. A clue is provided by the presence of a Catholic priest in mufti who is on hand to face down evil with the power of the divine. Things don’t go as planned and there is plenty of killing and blurry scares to keep the audience jumping, but critics agree the sequel lacks the immediacy and raw power of the original.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars (一閃一閃亮晶晶)

Documentary-style feature by Lin Cheng-sheng (林正盛) who has pretty much been going down hill since his big success with Betelnut Beauty (愛你愛我, 2001). Opting for a new format might be a way of finding his way back on track, though his choice of a worthy but already somewhat shopworn topic of Asperger syndrome suggests he still has a passion for the sort of social earnestness that sunk Crusoe’s Robinson (魯賓遜漂流記, 2002) and fatally marred The Moon Also Rises (月光下,我記得, 2005). The film focuses on four children who suffer from this often debilitating condition and explores their unique vision of the world through projects such as turning their drawings into film animations. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t always make the best films.


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