Revolutionary Road

Gothenburg International Film Festival 2009 Revolutionary Road is not Titanic despite Kate and Leo – and both of them have appeared in better films – but as a costume drama it’s certainly worth seeing Suffocation of youthful dreams by 1950s US middle-class norms. None of the characters really sympathetic – mostly rather pathetic. All immature and kicking at the limits, but no one daring to cross them in any practical way except at the end when Kate’s character April tries to solve her problems. (OK there’s a Greek chorus – the lunatic son of the realtor – but he’s also trapped in the mental asylum and his parents’ protection.) Leo’s character Frank less sympathetic than April; April is at least … More…

Derek – Tilda Swinton on Derek Jarman

Derek: this blog’s first review – really more notes towards a review – I was attending the 2009 edition of the Gothenburg Film Festival Gothenburg Film Festival 2009 To see Derek – Tilda Swinton’s film about Derek Jarman. Very good, documentary. Visually powerful and fascinating. Wonderful use of archive film (including what looks like private footage) and very well intercut with interviews Jarman gave and with Tilda Swinton’s own words. A sad film because it commemorates a rich, interesting, creative life cut short by HIV/AIDS. Sad also because Swinton clearly feels she’s lost a friend. Also an angry film (in places): Jarman’s anger and Swinton’s. When you see Jarman’s work and his life in this film, you realise the abyss … More…