Plot: Marji (Gabrielle Lopes Benites) is precocious and rather wild girl. She grows up with her parents (Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian) and her grandmother (Danielle Darrieux) in Tehran. Her family is political – a fact that has gotten her uncle Anoush (François Jerosme) into prison already. With the Islamic Revolution, things become even more difficult for them. Finally her parents decide to send Marji – now a teenager and called Marjane (Chiara Mastroianni) – to Austria for her own safety. But being an Iranian girl in Austria isn’t much easier than being one in Iran.
Persepolis has been on my radar for a while now, and I’m not sure why I never watched it until now (probably a case of me wanting to read the comic this is based on first, but I never did). Anyhow, I watched it now and it really was very good.
Plot: Eve (Lucie Debay) had a shitty day at work in a city she doesnt really know. So she decides to get a drink at the local bar. After a guy hits on her and doesn’t take no for an answer, another guy (Arieh Worthalter) swoops in and gets rid of him. He is charming and self-deprecating and they are having such a good time, that Eve decides to get in a car with him and his brother (Ciaran O’Brien). It is there that things quickly turn bad and she realizes that he may not be a good guy after all. Frantic to get away from him, she soon finds herself in mortal danger. But Eve is a fighter.
Hunted starts really strong, but the longer it goes on, the more it falls apart, leaving me with a decidedly mediocre impression overall.
Nasser-Ali (Mathieu Amalric) is a violinist who recently lost his violin. Unfortunately he can’t manage to find a new one that satisfies him and so he descends into a deep depression and decides to die by refusing to eat. While he wastes away, he revisits important episodes in his life and imagines his kids’ futures. But maybe his depression has less to do with his violin and more with the woman he met on the street and who didn’t recognize him?
Poulet aux prunes is a visually stunning film – especially every time they mix it up with animated sequences – and has a nice sense of humor. But Nasser-Ali is such an asshole that I couldn’t really enjoy the film.