I just got back from Alimentation Generale, a French doco about a general store in a tenement block in Paris. It was simply wonderful. Like The War Tapes (which is available here – thanks Chuck), it’s not showing again, but you must find a way to see it.
The same goes for Azur and Asmar, another French film, this time animation. The visuals start out quietly, but it is simply gorgeous animation – a blend of 2-d and computer. It’s playing again on Friday, the 10th at 1pm. Tickets are sold out, but it’d be worth your while to hit up the standby line if you’ve got the time.
Here’s a list of what’s still available (most sessions) and what’s sold out. Lucky for you, most people are just interested in watching David Lynch – Inland Empire‘s been sold out since the festival began. Zzzzzzzzz.
Speaking of zzzzz, take a pass on After the Wedding. It’s contrived and pretentious, and uses an Indian orphanage as a conceit for telling what is almost entirely a Danish story. It’s more or less, “oh the orphans! I have to go sleep in a nice hotel room now and be angsty.” I would have left if I hadn’t been crammed in the middle of an aisle.
Now who’s angsty!