Soloist — Roseanne Philippens, age 23 years old. Netherlands, 55 min.
The camera follows star violinist Philippens as she performs ten concerts with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. From the moment we meet boyfriend Emiliano, the orchestra’s principle flutist, we suspect the relationship — and possibly her career — is going to sing Daisy. This captivating film is on a double bill with Tchaikovsky on the Road, which is dull.
How to Die in Oregon. USA, 107 min.
You get what you expect here — close ups of a half dozen terminally ill Oregon residents who have chosen to down a drink that renders them comatose and then kills them. Oregon and Washington are the only U.S. states that permit “physician-assisted suicide”, though, apart from supplying a prescription, no physician needs to participate in the suicides. While the film presents a strong rationale for supporting euthanasia, it fails to present an analysis of the opposition to it (which I suspect is based in nothing more than religion).