Sunday, January 5, 2014

Quickies: January 2014

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) ✭✭✭

Lasse Hallström is quite good at adult fairy tales and this one is entertaining if never quite enthralling. Ewan McGregor stars as a bookish hydrologist who agrees to the daunting task of building a salmon run in the desert for a visionary fly-fishing sheik (Amr Waked). All in good, light fun, with romance, tragedy and a wonderfully conniving Kristen Scott Thomas on the docket. 

Seventh Heaven (1997) ✭✭✭

If your a big fan of the Lindons (Vincent and Sandrine Kiberlain) you’ll probably like this not-terribly-thrilling thriller about kleptomania, hypnosis and some other stuff I don’t remember. If not, skip it.

Our Children (2012) ✭✭

I hate to give this such a low star rating. I love Emilie Dequenne and director Joachim Lafosse’s previous film Private Property (2005) was excellent. Even though it deals with a horrific subject - Prolicide - Our Children never generates much in the way of empathy, condemnation or really any emotion at all. It’s cold, clinical and a jumble.