The Banishment (Izgnanie) (2007)

Yesterday I saw another contemporary Russian movie by Andrei Zvyagintsev, with Konstantin Lavronenko who won Best Actor at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his role. PLOT A man, Alexander, leaves the city with his wife Vera and two kids, Kir and Eva,to go to the country, to his paternal house. The old house is opened up to…

The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003)

The Return is a Russian movie by Andrei Zvyagintsev, about two brothers, who live with their mother and only know their father from an old photograph. He has come back and is taking them for a 2 day fishing trip. Only it doesn’t turn out that way. During the several phone calls he made during…

Brussels Film Festival 2009

It’s that time of the year again: festivals are lining up. And not just music ones but movie ones as well. The Brussels Film Festival is around the corner, and even though I do not know much on the programme, I will have 9 days of festival to take a chance to get to know…

zzz zzz zzerkalo (1975)

Yesterday I did something that’s so terrible. I dozed off during a movie by apparently a very great movie maker, Tarkovsky: Zerkalo or The Mirror But in my defence: I was tired after a hard day’s work. And secondly, that was the most confusing, surrealistic, instant set changing, why the hell does the actress who…

Mother and son (1997) and Shadows in paradise (1986)

These past couple of weeks, I’ve had the impression of having a whole new world of genres opening up to me. In film I mean. I have noticed, as I have been told just two days ago, that whatever country the movie is made, there are some enjoyable things out there.

Nirvana (2008)

Yesterday I saw a movie called Nirvana at the Brussels Film Festival. It was one of the last screenings and might be up for a public choice award. Which it deserves. But that depends. There were people who left during the viewing. I don’t know why. They read the synopsis in the festival brochure, didn’t…