Seconded

Posted by · 5:49 am · February 19th, 2010

From Telegraph critic (and Berlinale buddy par excellence) Tim Robey’s neat festival roundup:

Maybe they’ll bestow a specially bonkers Golden Bear to mark the occasion [of their 60th anniversary] – for instance, to the one film I walked out of, the Japanese hopeful, Caterpillar, in which a mute war veteran with no arms or legs gets frisky with his unduly appalled wife. As a friend quipped, once we’d snuck out of this mangily shot and edited exercise in Lars von Trierian erotic masochism, “Spare us the whole paraplegic Kama Sutra, already.” Then again, Werner Herzog is presiding over this year’s jury, so all bets are off.

That friend, I’m pleased to say, is me. (And I somehow share his fear that the jury will disagree with us tomorrow. I say that in lieu of any predictions.) Tim also joins me in the, shall we say, select club of “Gentlemen Broncos” fans. Read the rest here.




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  • 1 2-19-2010 at 8:22 am

    Jim T said...

    Hehe, I thought it might be you.

    Personally, I don’t really mind. I got your thoughts on 2 Sundance films (The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone) and there was a very promising film (The Illusionist). I’m satisfied. Though I guess I wouldn’t have been had I attended the festival.

  • 2 2-19-2010 at 8:27 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    If you’ve enjoyed the coverage, Jim, that’s my job done. Anyway, the festival’s a blast whatever the standard of the films.

  • 3 2-19-2010 at 10:11 am

    Nel said...

    Given the coverage (again let me echo Kim T and say excellent and amusing coverage Guy!)
    Given that there are no favourities and most of the responses are a critical scratch of the head.

    I do have to say that when I read about the response to movie Jud Suss. For some reason thought if they hated it that much, it could actually win. …..Or it could be my irrational love of Moritz Bleibtreu affecting me here.

  • 4 2-19-2010 at 11:04 am

    red_wine said...

    Guy, I wanted to ask that aren’t festivals sometimes a solitary experience? I really enjoy reading your thoughts on films but I’ll likely never get to see most of them. Half the films never get released, the other half will release almost a year later. But that time, they might be old hat for you.

    When I watch a film, I like to talk about it or discuss it with other people. Like watching relatively obscure foreign language films for me is a solitary experience. Like take The Sun, which I recently saw, nobody else I know has seen it or will see it and even on the internet few people talk about it. So its like you’ve seen a film and you are on your own.

    But maybe its different for you coz you have a buddy along for the ride along with several critics. As always I enjoy following your coverage.

  • 5 2-19-2010 at 5:15 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Red Wine: I know exactly where you’re coming from. Festivals can be a slightly isolated affair — though less so, in this case, as I had the benefit of some very good company. Even then, with so much choice, you still end up making a lot of your own calls, and the experience (for better or worse) can’t always be shared.