It’s been just about a week since Milwaukee Film Fest 2011 kicked off and there’s only a short way to go. Day 7 showcased the best and the worst this year’s fest had to offer.
The Sleeping Beauty: Catherine Breillat’s name doesn’t conjure up whimsy or enchantment but her new fairy tale intended for an adult audience contains both. This update of the tale contains some nudity as well as mature sexual themes making this not suitable for the youngsters in the audience (although the fest does have special programming just for them). This would be ok for the older teens but parents should be advised of the content. Breillat’s tale features a young princess who is cursed by an evil fairy to endless birthday. Three good fairies find out about the curse and while they cannot remove the curse they try to make it more bearable. One fairy grants that the sleep will not be endless but for 100 years. The second good fairy says that when she falls asleep at age six, even though she sleeps for 100 years, that she shall wake and be age 16. The third fairy grants that the princess shall have good dreams during her slumber. While asleep she has fantastic adventures where she meets a young boy she falls in love with and while searching for the boy she meets a bunch of colorful characters. She meets a little person in a kingdom where outsiders are not welcome nor tolerated, she meets a band of gypsies, and finally she meets a woman who controls the wind from the four corners of the Earth. Her dream world is beautiful and fantastic. When the princess awakes she has a longing for the love that she has dreamed about. A beautiful tale. Like Breillat’s other work this is not for all tastes but it seems to be one of her most accessible pieces. This is the second of a fairy tale trilogy that Breillat has been working on following “Bluebeard”. Go see this one but leave the little ones behind. Rating: 5 of 5.
Thursday, September 29th 9:45PM Ridge Cinema
Saturday, October 1st 9:45PM Downer Theatre
Green: I curse the creator of the mumblecore genre because audience has to suffer through such obnoxious garbage such as this. An intellectual New York couple, Genevieve and Sebastian, sublet a cottage in Virginia. They meet a woman named Robin (played by writer/director Sophia Takal) who they first make fun of between themselves because they think she’s a hick. They both mellow and accept her. Genevieve (Kate Lyn Sheil) then has jealous fantasies of Sebastian (Lawrence Michael Levine) and Robin having an affair behind her back. Seemingly interminable despite the intriguing plot. The film lacks energy and a sense of purpose. The film drags on and on seeming much, much longer than the running time of 75 minutes. The audience I screened this with were as disappointed and deeply unsatisfied as I was. A miserable film. Do your best to avoid this film. Rating: 1 of 5.
Friday, September 30th 9:45PM Ridge Cinema
Sunday, October 2nd 4:45PM Downer Theatre
Find the film’s official website at http://www.themoviegreen.com.
The Milwaukee Film Fest has added a new spotlight film directed by Ralph Fiennes which will be screening Saturday night, October 1st at North Shore Cinema’s Ultra Screen. For more information on the film and other schedule changes go to http://www.mkefilm.org.
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