Posts tagged ‘Muder’

09/07/2011

L’Erede, The Heir

by Marianne Wi

Director : Michael Zampino, is an Italian who has worked for a number of years in Hollywood, at the Silver Pictures Company producers of Die Hard, The Matrix, V for Vendetta and many others. This is his first feature, shot in Italy (Marche),  he classified this film as a ”noir” leaving me a little perplexed as to what to expect, is it a horror ? no , a thriller ? no, a drama then? no, ok it is a noir. I saw it 2 days ago and have spent some time trying to dissect the experience; not just report my initial reaction.  Apart from the usual editing problems, abrupt change from scene to scene and some rather iffy camara work, ”Ohh there is a statue of a cat, I know, I will zoom in on it, wait a moment……. zoom” if only it had been a great big fat rabbit, it would have made sense. The film did not really do it for me, I was not scared, I was not frightened and I was not sitting in suspense on the edge of my seat either, I should have been as it had all the hallmarks of a good one of either of those three emotions. Man, scared for his life escapes on a dark rainy night in his car, down the road a tree has fallen stopping him in is tracks, he gets out in order to remove it, failing he returns to the house from which he has just escaped ?. There are other potential scary moments that fails, so what is missing ? ”Music” that’s what is missing! Scary, suspense, horror, sound effects something that will get me trembling in my boots. I remember the film Private directed by Savario Costanzo 2004, a masterpiece that should have and was suggested for The Academy Awards in 2005, it was rejected not because it was not pure Italian but because the actors spoke Hebrew, Arabic and English or was it because it portrayed a Palestinian Family and their struggle against the Israelis ? Whatever the reason ”Sound” kept me on the edge of my seat through-out even when nothing actually happened, I will go as far as to say it is up there among the top 3 Italian films of the last decade, a truly excellent film winning over 20 awards. L’erede, The Heir will not be winning many awards I am afraid unless they do something about the sound effects,  it is by no means a ”NO GO” there is some great acting from Guia Jelo and Alessandro Roja,  it just lacked that OMG, it had so much potential for.

Cast : Alessandro Novaro Rispi, Guia Jelo, Tresy Taddei Takimiri, Alessandro Roja, Arnaldo Taffi, Davide Lorino,  Lanfranco Santini , Marco Fabbri, Maria Sole Mansutti, Ottavio Marini

Synobsis : Bruno (Alessandro Novaro Rispi ) has inherited an old Villa in the Marche area from his father, he returns to the house to decide its faith; sell or restore. A family of onion farmers have settled in the grounds, taking over the stables and are using the house too as and when they feel like it. The head of the household Paula ( Guia Jelo) a woman with a mission, claims to have had an affair with his father resulting in 2 children, she wants the house at all cost and we follow the struggle to achieve that goal, no spoilers on this blog, suffice to say that there are many trials and tribulations before we are left with a sort of open ending.

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06/05/2011

La misura del confine,”Where is the Border” (Possible English Title)

by Marianne Wi

La misura del confine, The Measure of the Border (Possible English Title) more likely to be named “Where is the Border ?”.

Director:  Andrea Papini, is virtually unknown here in Italy although he has one feature under his belt “La velocità della luce”, “The Speed of Light” 2008, it did not travel well. Papini was born in Piedmont, studied in Milan where he graduated as a Civil Engineer, he is the current President and founder of the satellite network “Microcinema”. I liked this easy-going drama in the Italian alps with stunning views galore.

Cast: Paolo Bonanni, Peppino Mazzotta, Thierry Toscan, Beatrice Orlandini, Giovanni Guardiano, Adriana Ortolani, Tommaso spinelli, Luigi Iacuzio, Roland Alberti, Massimo Zordan, Lorenzo degli Innocenzi

Synobsis:  We have a body, we need an exact border between Switzerland and Italy to establish who has jurisdiction and who can put a claim on the frozen corps, first believed to be very old and therefore good for tourism. Enter 2 surveyors one Swiss one Italian and their back-up teams. The Hotel  on top of the world has stunning views and is run by a young couple with a German shepherd who can both cook ( thats the couple only, not the couple and the dog). We follow some gentle detective work in form of old photos and some well preserved reception books, trying to establish the identity of the body, not quite as old as was first thought. This is not sitting on the edge of your seat sort of a thriller more a gentle Mrs Marble ………

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