Monthly Archives: October 2011

VIFF 2011 Reviews: Soloist; How to Die in Oregon

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 … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster; A Separation.

Two winners today (Sunday, October 9) How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? Spain, 74 min. The life and works of the prolific Manchester-born architect Norman Foster, designer of (among dozens of other works) the spectacular Millau Viaduct  and … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Mrs. Carey’s Concert.

It’s Saturday night and I’m up to date. Mrs. Carey’s Concert. Australia, 95 min. Isn’t there a law that permits teachers to strangle adolescents? A must-see for high school teachers. Karen Carey, a music teacher at an expensive girls’ school … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Life without Principle; Headshot; Target.

Life without Principle. Hong Kong, 107 min. This is one of those film festival surprise gems. In the midst of a stock market crash, a struggling investment banker tries to sell stocks to Hong Kong investors — including a loan … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Bullhead;The Sword Identity; White; The Salt of Life.

Bullhead. Belgium, 126 min. Who would have thought it? Agricultural gangsters. Muscle-bound Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts) is an enforcer for the family business, ensuring that local beef farmers trade with the right people for the right prices. But the murder of … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Nainsukh; My Piece of the Pie; Happy People, a Year in the Taiga; Flamenco, Flamenco.

Nainsukh. India/Switzerland, 96 min. The work of Eighteenth Century Indian artist Nainsukh is commemorated by masques, performed in the ruins of castles and mansions. Very pretty, but baffling to the western viewer who is ignorant of Indian art. My Piece … Continue reading

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VIFF 2011 Reviews: Circumstance; Pure; Corpus Celeste; A Simple Life.

Monday, October 3. None that rate my must-see list today. Circumstance. Iran, 106 min. Like most horror films, Circumstance begins with real, banal, life. Atafeh, teen daughter of a wealthy non-religious Iranian family, enjoys fast cars, loud music and the … Continue reading

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