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Movie #497: Last Tango In Paris

February 12, 2011

I saw this film about a year ago but chose to watch it again for this list last night. What attracts me most about this movie is the fact that Marlon Brando is in it (thanks to my sister’s heavy influence to me regarding Brando’s existence) and for the fact that I like Maria Schneider’s fashion sense (and her hair) and because it’s a Bertolucci film.

A young Frenchwoman begins a sensual affair with a widowed, middle-aged American businessman whom lays out the grounds that they won’t reveal their names, talk about almost anything without providing any details about their identities in real life, and their relationship be mostly concentrated on sex. Marlon Brando (Streetcar Named Desire) plays the middle-aged american, Maria Schneider (The Passenger) plays Jeane, also stars Jean- Pierre Leaud (The 400 Blows) as Tom, Jeane’s artsy-actor boyfriend.

This film is unlikely famous because of the butter scene wherein Brando shoves in a chunkful of butter into Schneider’s rear in which she confesses in an interview that the scene was real, and that she felt raped and manipulated by both Bertolucci and Brando. But according to Brando’s autobiographer Patricia Bosworth’s book, he and Schneider remained friends until his death in July 2004. He thought of Schneider as a daughter-slash-sister(which I thought was a bit creepy especially in one scene wherein he was giving Jeane a bath) and they were said to have had a really good friendship.

I fell asleep towards the end but I watched it again though as I woke up. For art aficionados, Francis Bacon’s works are shown in the opening credits, too. For Paris enthusiasts, most of the scenes are centered on beautiful Parisian bridgewalks. For gore-lovers, there’s a scene wherein Brando talks to his dead wife and where the clean-up lady cleans the bathroom where his wife killed himself. For french-learning, english-speaking peeps, be sure to switch on the subtitles for english because most of the conversations (no matter how American Brando sounds like) are in french.

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Movie # 499 Part Two.. and Introducing Mr. Nobody

Father of the Bride II (Feb. 10 and not Feb 9)

I’ve seen this lot’s of times on cable and yet I have not started it nor finished it. It stars Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. According to wikipedia, and as fas as I know it’s the sequel to Father of The Bride and a remake and a sequel to the 1951 film (staring Elizabeth Taylor) Father’s Little Dividend.  In FOTB2, George Banks comically accepts the reality that his daughter (whom got married in the first film) ascends from womanhood to motherhood. It’s a film that won’t fail to make you laugh your childish heart out.

#498 Mr. Nobody (Feb. 11, 2011)

***MY OFFICIAL entry to Sandra Knox A. Balbastro’s invitation on facebook (Watch a Challenging Film today @ 12PM).

Mr.Nobody is a 2009 belgian science fiction flick which stars Jared Leto.

NEMO Nobody lives an ordinary life alongside his wife Elise (played by Sarah Polley) and their 3 kids until one day he wakes up in the year 2092. He is then at 118 years old, and both the oldest and the only living mortal since everyone doesn’t die anymore and sex is considered to be an obscenity. That fact doesn’t concern him though. The questions he has for himself is whether or not he lived the life he should have lived, he loved the woman he should have loved, have been the father to the right children, and chose the right decisions in his life.

He recounts his life to a reporter played by Daniel Mays. He tells him how he was as a cherubim being picked out by angels to be his parents’ only born child, how his parents met (in an explicable camera angle inclusive of Buddy Holly and The Cricket’s Everyday as the background theme), how their marriage was torn appart and how he had to chose between the life that will unfold once he picked out which parent he’d chose to live with.

As strange and unusual as his story telling, Mr. Nobody tells two different version of his teenage life, one while living with his mother, one while living with his father. Written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, also stars Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley, Linh Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans (as his father) and Natalie Little (as his mother). This movie will make you wonder and often times will make you want to curse the writer for making the plot so confusing at times but the ending answers almost—- everything. Just make sure not to leave your seat for you not to miss out on every detail of this movie(isn’t that what you’re supposed to do for every movie you watch? well, except for Valentine’s day I guess.You can leave anytime you want and won’t miss a thing.. :P).  Jared Leto gave yet another incredible performance both as an old man, as a husband to a borderline-disorder wife in one reality and to a loveless asian wife. I was just wondering though why on earth doesn’t he have a british accent? Same with Diane Kruger (who seems like at some point in time she’s gonna blurt out something in german) who plays Anna whose younger counterpart is played by british actress Juno Temple (whom yet again does a good job in being flirty..lol! ).

I’ll try and watch this again tonight. 🙂