This bleak and nihilistic French movie, written and directed by Gela Babluani, a Georgian, is very good...and not for the faint of heart. There is no blood to speak of and little filmed violence. The first half of the movie gives us the no-future life that 22-year-old Sebastien is stuck with. He's come to France from Georgia, lives with his mother and sister in a grimy slum. He earns what he can working on construction jobs. One cold, gloomy day as he fixes a leaking roof he overhears something he thinks might be his one opportunity to better himself and provide for his family. During this half of the movie one could well ask what the devil is all this about (and how much more of the movie… Read more
Kinshasa (the whole Congo, for that matter) is a place of corruption, poverty, injustice, gangs and the need for money. There is also a crisis shortage of petrol. When Riva (Patsha Bay Mukuna) a small-timer who hustles, makes off with a truck load of petrol driven in from Angola, Viva Riva revs up to a fast take on crime, revenge and sex.
Riva goes on a spree with a friend and takes us along to the side streets, bars and brothels of Kinshasa. He meets Nora (Manie Malone), beautiful, spoiled, bored and owned by a local crime lord. It's not long before this local boss is after Riva, along with three Angolans he ripped off the gas from, and the police. Nora is with him now. No one… Read more
If Wes Anderson weren't as talented and original a writer-director as he is, many of his movies would die of eccentric cuteness, all wrapped in the comfortable cocoons spun by his friends for him. Some of his movies I like somewhat, but in many of these cases it's because of the actors. After watching Moonrise Kingdom, I'm inclined to watch again Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums and see if I were wrong.
Moonrise Kingdom is an original, charming delight, not quite a pre-teen fairytale, not quite a fable for adults, but something that combines effortlessly reminiscences of what we might wish our reminiscences could have been with innocent delight, including the innocent delight of… Read more