MAST D: Wim Wenders. Germany/ France. 103 min. Sep 8, 6: 30 pm TIFF Bell Lightbox 1; Sep 18, noon TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Rating: NNNN Wenders’s magni icent homage to dance great Pina Bausch doesn’t reveal a lot about the woman – she died right before shooting was set to begin – but captures the essence of her art through excerpts from suggestive, richly dramatic works like The Rite Of Spring and Café Mueller. -D technology almost allows the viewer to feel the heat emanating from the dancers’ bodies. The range of settings includes traditional proscenium stages as well as parks and rivers outside Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal.
The performers recall Bausch with a fection and intelligence, but communicate most through dance.
penetrating study of a well- brought- up 34-year- old middle- class Norwegian who can’t see his way forward after completing a stint in rehab for drug addiction. He spends a day roaming the streets of Oslo (bathed here in lyrical beauty) trying to connect with old and new friends.
Literary and philosophical references enliven the dialogue, and Trier’s muscular camera technique is a constant pleasure. He’s moved from a vibrant style reminiscent of early Tru faut toward a Bressonian purity. Lie (the compelling star of Reprise, who is also a practising MD) makes his character’s melancholia real, but the ilm’s sombre underpinning is a downer.
PE MAST D: Bruno Dumont w/ David Dewaele, Alexandra Lematre. France. 109 min. Sep 9, 6:15 pm Scotiabank 1; Sep 10, 9:15 pm AMC 2; Sep 16, 9: 30 am TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Rating: NNN Dumont continues his mystical cinematic journey in this perplexing, elliptical tale about a loner with a shotgun (Dewaele) and the goth- like girl (Lematre) from a nearby farm who is devoted to him. The setting is an uninhabitable stretch of dunes and woods in Boulogne- sur- Mer near the English Channel. Landscape and natural sound are key elements in the director’s lexicon. They drive the story as much as the occasional startling act
NNNNN of violence. The drifter is clearly protecting the girl from harm, but also seems to be concerned with maintaining the purity of the wilderness. Does he embody both good and evil?
A full- blown miracle provides an unsettling climax but no conclusive answers.
PE DISC D: Rolando Colla w/ Armando Condolucci, Fiorella Campanella. Italy/ Switzerland. 101 min. Sep 9, 8:45 pm AMC 3; Sep 10, 9:45 pm AMC 4; Sep 16, 10 am TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Rating: NNN The idyllic setting of an Italian camping trip becomes the backdrop for drunken abuse and disturbing childhood games. Two young