Monday, 14 January 2013

A better life

"You know what your problem is? Contempt before investigation. You think you're smarter than everybody else".
Celeste and Jesse Forever. 2012.

So, how is your 2013 so far? Have you made it safely through Christmas dinners ? Do you already feel guilty about broken New Year's resolutions? Have you even made New Year's resolutions? I surely did: My 2013 resolution is to make no resolutions :-). 

Anyway, lets talk movies (yes, again...). Isn't that what one is supposed to do on Christmas holidays: run on the beach purposelessly with hands thrown into the air, eat cakes without calorie count worries, drink champaign in bed and watch good movies?.. Sounds like a good life to me. (As one good friend summed it up: Very tough duty...but someone has to do it!). Do you know any better? 

"A better life" (original title "Une vie meilleure")  is a film directed by Cédric Kahn and rated "Great" in my personal movie charts. Yann (Guillaume Canet) and Nadia (Leïla Bekhti) fall in love. They   acquire a crumbling building in a Paris suburb and decide to renovate it to launch a restaurant. But things turn upside down, and get even worse when Nadia disappears without a trace in Canada leaving her son with Yann. It's a drama and it's very realistic. One of the best movies I watched these holidays. 

And another film I am looking forward to is "Celeste and Jesse forever".  It comes on DVD in the US this month and to the cinemas in Switzerland in the nearest future. I accidentally came across its' trailer and I am anticipating to see the whole story of two people who love each other but can’t figure out how to be together. Funny, sad, and realistic. 

Good week and good films, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Anna,

    Please try to see "De Rouille et D'os," (Rust and Bone) with Marion Cotillard. It's amazing.

    I like it especially because "the hero" is a kick-boxer of course, but mostly because of Marion Cotillard, who is in love with me but just doesn't know it yet.

    New Year's Resolutions? I make a daily "resolution." It goes something like this: "Try to get through THIS day." So far I'm 100% successful. I like resolutions that I can keep.

    As far as older movies go, I love "Empire of Sun" with a VERY young Christian Bale as a young boy separated from his parents in Shanghai at the outbreak of World War II.

    Another great one is "The House of Sand and Fog" with Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley. It's a bit sad but so well acted you are pulled into it immediately.

    "Celeste and Jesse Forever" sounds too much like my real life so I will miss it.