Plot: A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
First movie was ‘Martyrs’, a France/Quebec co-production and it’s one that’s difficult to write about. It starts off as a Horror film in the ‘Haute Tension’ and ‘Calvert’ tradition, movies part of the new French Horror revolution, but along the way it becomes so much more then that. I don’t want to give anything away as there are several surprises and plot twists along the way which I guarantee you won’t see coming, and eventually the film becomes something else entirely, something that owes more to a film like 2001 then a Horror film. But as much as I loved it and thought it was a work of art and something that makes you feel and think and bring on many discussions about it, there aren’t many people I can recommend it to. It is brutal, unflinching, hard to watch and will probably really upset you. People at both screenings threw up and one guy during the Q and A told the Director he hated it and that he was a sick fuck for making it. I personally am glad I saw it, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and I’m glad I got to experience it. I will be watching with great curiousity the reviews as it’s guaranteed to create controversy.
2nd movie yesterday was ‘Pride and Glory’ but before I get to that I need to talk about the ordeal it was getting there. After ‘Martyrs’ I put my ticket for the next film in my pocket and we headed to the location of the next film. 10 minutes into the walk I decide to check for my ticket and notice it’s gone. I looked everywhere to no avail. So we retraced our steps, looking everywhere in the hopes it will still be on the ground. As we’re walking I see up ahead a ticket on the ground! Wow, what are the odds? I pick it up, it’s a TIFF ticket and…Its for a different film! WTF! What are the odds of that? Very small I would imagine. So we keep walking and looking until we reach the movie theatre we’d left. I go in and check the lost and found, no luck. I ask to be escorted to the room we were in and again, no luck. Then I go to the box office and see if there’s anything they can do and there isn’t. I’m ready to leave when a woman asks me if I want to buy a ticket from her as she isn’t going. I don’t really want to pay for a ticket so I hesitate and she says ‘just 10.00’. I check my wallet and all I have is 8.00, she agres to it so I buy it. Now after all that we have very little time to get to our next film so we grab a cab and get there just as the line is entering. We manage, somehow, to get decent seats. By this point I’m exhausted and soaked and finally I can relax. Phew, the end.
Pride and Glory
Plot: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family’s moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora’s Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
After the excellent Martyrs on Friday it was off to Pride and Glory, starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton. I already posted about “the ordeal” it was getting there so I won’t go over that again. The movie was better then I expected, it’s very gritty and realistic. The Hollywood Reporter nailed it:
That sturdy Hollywood institution known as the corrupt cop picture has been stripped right down to the studs — both technically and emotionally — with “Pride and Glory,” a gritty, bare-knuckled take on a clan of New York’s finest who have definitely seen finer days.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle”) from a script he co-wrote with Joe Carnahan (“Narc”), the stark drama harkens back to Sidney Lumet classics like “Serpico” and “Prince of the City”-filmmaking that went after an unadorned, jagged realism, with acting to match.
Not much to add to that really. After this movie we headed to The Victory Cafe for a few pints, Mel’s for some yummy Smoked-Meat Poutine and finally, The Beguiling for some shopping. Then home to relax and get a decent night’s sleep.
* Due to lack of sleep, JP was dozing off during this, so his rating is conditional upon a second viewing.