Last night, I saw a film that I’ve been quite interested to see for a while. Several months ago, I first saw a trailer for SLEEPING BEAUTY – an Australian film that is “presented by Jane Campion.” The film is a first feature for director Julia Leigh, and the story follows a college student who takes a job providing “silver service.” The job is one in which the socially elite are served dinner and cocktails by beautiful, exposed women – and the service requires lots of protocal and particulars. During the interview process, the woman in charge (a very sophisticated & beautifully dressed woman played by Rachael Blake) states “Your vagina will never be penetrated. Your vagina is a temple.” (I’ve noticed a couple recurring themes during this festival…bridges that can’t be crossed, “it’s him or me” has been stated in a few films, and now college girls becoming prostitutes to pay for tuition.) Though captivated for the entire film, I must admit that parts of the film puzzled me…and several questions were left unanswered.
This morning, I saw a comedy – MY WORST NIGHTMARE – by Anne Fontaine starring Isabelle Huppert (one of my favorite actresses). The comedy is a class clash between an icy, uppity woman and the father of a boy who attends her son’s school. Though very funny in parts (and nobody plays an ice queen like Huppert), the third act was a big dissapointment.
I just walked out of a film. At this point, I’m too tired to sit through films now that aren’t capturing my attention. I’ve got 2 more films today – then I’m meeting an old friend for dinner. He and I met in line for Almodovar’s TALK TO HER back in 2002.
1.5 days left.