November 11, 2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin and Ma Mere

Iíve watched a couple of films this week. The 40 Year Old Virgin was diverting enough I suppose, but as summer fare goes I greatly preferred Batman Begins, Red Eye, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a number of other things. Itís not bad, and itís got a funny and game supporting cast. They produce some comic gems. But, well, perhaps part of my relative ambivalence to it is the product of not being a huge Steve Carrell fan - that and the fact that this film is just so oppressively sweet that by the time it ended I felt like Iíd gotten two cavities and was starting to feel queasy. So all in all, it's not bad, but it's not great either.

I rented Ma Mere because Iím a big Isabelle Huppert fan Ė a big, huge, gigantic, awed fan. She has done amazing things as an actor, and I admire her willingness to take big risks and turn in great performances no matter the subject matter or film style. But that said Ö this film features some seriously messed-up behavior. And I mean really distressing and unpleasant stuff. Itís well constructed and well acted, but given the gross subject matter (sadism and incest are merely the start) Iíd urge you to skip it.

Posted by armand at November 11, 2005 09:30 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies

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