Blog By K.

Hype(s) of the week: Les amours imaginaires + The Debt

In Director, Film on 2010/12/08 at 11:52 pm

Film: Les amours imaginaires
Director: Xavier Dolan

Being completely unaware of the buzz that’s been surrounding Xavier Dolan‘s career (after all, he’s only made two films), I watched the trailer for his latest film and was instantly interested. In general I’m not a big fan of trailers simply because they give too much away. Or build up unnecessary expectations. If you want a warning example, just watch the trailer to The Town. They gave away the whole plot for Christ’s sake! But Xavier’s (I’m using his first name instead of his last because Xavier sounds way cooler than the ordinary Dolan) trailer succeeded superbly at getting your interesting while revealing almost nothing to the audience. I’m hoping this was his intent as well. Basically, Xavier’s been called a child prodigy because of his young age and consummate skill regarding his filmmaking, and has recieved much acclaim and praise for both his films. Noticing from his latest work, he also seems to draw influences from cultdirector Wong Kar-Wai, who ironically also was labeled whizkid early in his career.
I know I haven’t said anything about the film itself yet, but the story is simple. Two best friends, a woman and a man, are interested in the same guy yet have no clue whom he prefers to be his own love interest. This seems to be the recipe for a dreadful rom-com, but I assure you – it is not.

Film: The Debt
Director: John Madden

What a contrast this is to the film above – plotwise, trailerwise… I’d actually recommend you not to watch this trailer at all. It doesn’t reveal everything, but still, a bit too much I think. Anyway, as soon a film says it’s based on a true story, it’s bound to catch your interest. I’m guessing this was partly the case here. The other was the cast, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington (not been overly impressed by him so far), Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson and the “wildcard” of the bunch – Marton Csokas – but he’s only perceived so in comparison to some of his other more well-known castmates. In conclusion, these stars will attract audiences, or more importantly, audiences of all ages. But it’s the story itself we should be concerned about: will it be the catalyst of great intrigue and authentic performances or will it rely to much on its own weight and ultimately give us a bland thriller with no punch? 90 % of the time, the result is the latter. Dare I hope this film will be an exception?


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