Love keeps boat afloat
THIS rough’n’ready romantic drama serves as a welcome antidote to the fluffier French fare that wafts into our cinemas on a regular basis.
At just 27, Angele ( Clotilde Hesme, pictured) is a woman with quite a past and not much of a future.
Whether through force of habit or in search of an intimacy she is yet to find, Angele regularly hooks up with men she finds in ‘‘ personal’’ advertisements.
The talent pool in her Normandy fishing village is fairly shallow, to say the least. So when Angele meets Tony ( Gregory Gadebois), a rugged boatman well into his 40s, this lonely lady makes an aggressive play for her potential new beau.
The pair are an odd couple, and not purely because of the age difference or their polar-opposite personalities. No, there is something distinctly amiss with their slowburning courtship, which becomes all the more ungainly when Tony offers Angele a job out on the bay.
Debutante writer-director Alix Delaporte keeps our eyes fixed firmly on the title characters, releasing information about what might be keeping them together on a teasingly selective basis.
Delaporte’s elliptical ways of getting to the point might bring the worst out of impatient viewers.
However, the time and space she affords her leading actors – both of whom inhabit their roles with admirable conviction – pays off in moving fashion by the film’s end. DIRECTOR J. J. Abrams loves surprises. So much so that Paramount, the studio behind his latest movie, the secrecy-shrouded Super 8, just about had to wrestle advance footage out of his hands and twist his arm to start talking about it.
An original movie is something of a rarity in blockbuster season, which this year is dominated by sequels and superheroes.
But despite having Steven Spielberg on board as a co-producer, not to mention his own impressive track record with TV shows Alias and Lost plus Mission: Impossible 3 and the Star Trek reboot on the big screen, Abrams realised Super 8 might need a bit of a leg-up.
Speaking from Los Angeles, the writerdirector ( pictured left) says he isn’t being precious, he just misses the good old days when audiences could walk into a film knowing next to nothing about it.
A voracious movie fan as a child, he regarded cinema visits as ‘‘ an experience of discovery’’ and laments that websites, magazines, TV shows and trailers have all conspired to strip that experience of some of its magic.