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IFFR 2009 – Achilles And The Tortoise

Written By: frenchy on March 15, 2009 No Comment

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Movie: Achilles And The Tortoise (Kitano Takeshi, Japan, 2008, 119′) imdb link

Date: Jan 31, 2009

Rating: ★★★½☆
(He didn’t disappoint this time )

Plot: The young son of an art collector is encouraged to become a painter. He loses his parents, his home, endures many hardships but his life’s quest is to be confirmed as an artist. Even at the cost of his own wife, daughter and sanity.

Cast: Nice cast, especially the actress, Aya Enjôji, playing the loyal and supporting wife of the painter.

Visuals: If Kitano wants to give you some visual treats, you will get them: the scene with the wife on the bicycle, helping to create a new painting, is priceless.

Conclusion: Always a big fan of Takeshi Kitano, but the last couple of years, he’s been trying to share his frustrations of being typecast with his audience a bit too much. But this time it’s more subtle: what defines an artist? Or art? Is it what is presented by the artist or what others choose to perceive as art? Etc. At nauseum. Etc.
Nicely done, still miss the qualities shown in his earlier works, but that, of course, is just how I perceive things ;)

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