VIFF 2013 Film Reviews: Kiss the Water; Ali.


Two films from the Vancouver International Film Festival. Shown at the media previews; the festival starts September 26. For a schedule, go here.

Kiss the Water (UK/USA; 80 min; Director — Eric Steel. Although the cinematography is brilliant and the editing remarkably sharp, the surprising thing about this film is that the central character does not put in an appearance until five minutes before the end. And then only for about 10 seconds. That person would be the late Megan Boyd, who lived her life in a remote village in northern Scotland constructing — believe it or not — fishing flies. Director Steel does a competent job stitching together scenes of salmon-rich rivers, interviews with Boyd’s friends, close-ups of the flies under construction, and animation. It is to his credit that he kept me hooked for more than an hour.

Ali (Spain, 85 minutes; Director, Paco R. Banos. ) Teenage Ali (short for Alicia) is an fatherless, annoying, chain-smoking, petty thief who adds sullenness to her accomplishments when her mother brings home a lover. The plot from there on in is predictable. I am puzzled as to why Banos chose such a banal story to film for his directorial debut. But it’s enjoyable enough if you have nothing else to see.

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Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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