Monday, March 9, 2009

i went to see Voy a Explotar and Summer Hours this weekend at BAM. i heart BAM tremendously, they have such fantastic curators and the general screening experience is always top notch. i went to see Olivier Assayas's Summer Hours first and it was really something. In its most basic sense, as imdb explains, it follows"two brothers and a sister as they witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession." It definitely drags at parts but the in the end, the way it explores the transfer of family history from an older generation to a younger one is pitch perfect. As this short interview with the director notes, the film started as a short that was commissioned by the Musee d'Orsay and acts as an epilogue to his earlier film, Les Destinées Sentimentales.
The next film I saw on Saturday was Voy a Explotar. I was super excited to see this movie but unfortunately, it was one of those cases where the trailer was better than the movie itself. Somewhere between Pierrot le Fou and Romeo and Juliet, Voy a Explotar is beautiful in moments as well striking in both visual color and romanticism but ultimately lacking in direction as it tries to weave between light hearted fantasticism and its dark consequences.

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