More JIFF: Dark Diamond, Our Father, Monsieur Mayonnaise
JIFF (Jewish International Film Festival) - ongoing - some recommendationsI managed to see several films and so far my Numero Uno pick is Monsieur Mayonnaise, the uplifting, fascinating, and totally enjoyable doco by Phillippe Mora, about his mother, Mirka, and father George, their family history and their escape from the Holocaust. Phillippe obviously had much fun with his film, injecting humour into a serious topic. He employs a multitude of media from paintings, graphic novels, film-making within a film, and historic narrative, to create a sense of a bygone era both in Europe and Melbourne. It is also a warm and wonderful picture of two much-loved and talented people.
Our Father: Nominated for 12 Ophir awards in Israel, this is an uncompromising and disturbing thriller about Ovadia, a nightclub bouncer, who is hopeful of becoming a father. Needing more money he chooses the wrong people to do some "extra work" for. The film's pace is relentless the acting excellent, and the narrative a salutary lesson.
Dark Diamond: An engaging thriller about Pier, the black sheep of an Antwerp diamond dealing family. Inspired by revenge he inveigles his way into the family business, with terrible consequences. It should please lovers of a good heist film.
JIFF, with its 68 new films, is wholeheartedly recommended!
Monsieur Mayonnaise plays on 20 Nov
Our Father plays on 13, 17 19 Nov
Dark Diamond plays on 18 Nov
For a full JIFF program, running until Nov 23, go to:
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Length: 130 min
|© Sony - Huppert shines in her role.|
4 - wholeheartedly recommended!
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Director: Gavin O'Connor
Length: 128 min
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2.5 - Maybe!
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