Friday, January 02, 2009

Opening in San Francisco today is a "comedy" which played at Frameline's festival this past summer. I will just repost here:

ANTARCTICA (dir. Yair Hochner, Israel, 2007, 110 mins.) This is the latest in what seems to be a particular style of ensemble coming from Israel, in the same vein as JELLYFISH and THE BUBBLE. In this case, the plethora of cast only confused me, and I did not find what is described as a "wacky comedy". The inclusion of a crossed-dressed character, what the director attributes as an homage to John Waters and Divine, seemed completely out of sync with the "realism" of the rest of the project. Sorting through the characters, the screenplay and trying to figure out that this is supposed to be funny, was a lot of work for the two hours it spanned.

Maxxxxx says
re ANTARCTICA: "Is it bedtime?"

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