The best place to be this rainy Sunday was Milwaukee Film Fest. Day 4 kicked off the original and ecclectic spirit that personifies this years festival. Here are a couple features that played on the 4th day of the fest that you want to put on your radar.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life: First time director and noted graphic novelist Joann Sfar directs this biography of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (based on Sfar’s own graphic novel). Sfar blends fact, fiction, and fantasy to tell the story of the noted singer/songwriter. Visually stunning and seductive. Eric Elmosnino is terrific as Gainsbourg. The whole cast is great but Elmosnino is mesmerizing to watch. Those unfamiliar with Gainsbourg (which realistically may be most of us on this side of the pond) will still find much to love. There is a reason this is a spotlight film at the fest this year. Funny, erotic, magical, whimsical, dramatic are just a few words to describe this incredible melange focusing on a singular talent who’s also a bit of a heel and womanizer. Film fans will find much to love as they see Gainsbourg’s relationships with famous women are depicted including Bridgette Bardot. There’s a lot of life in this Heroic Life and it’s fascinating to watch. Look for famed filmmaker Claude Chabrol as Gainsbourg’s music producer. A sexy sleeper hit! Rating: 5 of 5.
Wednesday, September 28th at 7:15 PM Ridge Cinema
Friday, September 30th at 7:15 PM North Shore Cinema
Buddha Mountain: Chinese film about three very close friends (two guys and a girl) who rent rooms from a grieving opera singer. Very entertaining comedy-drama has beautiful locations and the director Li Yu has a strong feel for the tone never letting it slip or go astray. This film has enough plots for two movies yet is not forced. Heartfelt and funny. The film has quite a mix tragedy, romance, adventure, and family drama that it seems to transcend film types. The plots are mostly successful with only one or two that don’t really pay off. Not a perfect film but a highly enjoyable one. The whole cast is very good. Worth seeing if you can catch it. Rating: 4 of 5.
Tuesday, September 27th at 7:15PM North Shore Cinema
Please go to Milwaukee Film Fest 2011’s website for changes and updates. There has already been one notable update. There is an additional showing of The Best Damn Midnight Show Ever. Sh*t which will be showing at Oriental Theatre midnight on Friday, September 30th.
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