Monthly Archives: September 2008

Conversation #22

– I’m trying to write but I can’t get started. There are no more good ideas.
– Don’t be silly. The world is full of them.
– “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world.”
– That’s good. Write that down!

TIFF ’08 | The End of the Era

OK gang, TIFF ’08 is all finished and I have to admit that it was one of the best I’ve been to in the last 8 years of my existence in Toronto… Here comes some personal reviews and food for thought:

More than a decade ago when I first saw her performance in “The English Patient”, I thought, wow, she is one hell of an actress… Last week I had the privilege to see her in person at the screening of “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime“, which easily jumped right into my top ten list of the best movies ever… Kristin Scott Thomas‘ strong performance proved once again her ability to capture the audience’s attention, which I reckon matches well with her character in real life too… She is British, but speaks French flawlessly (as one of the people in the audience rightly stated during the Q&A session)… Also present was the director of the film who, in my opinion, did an incredible job and showed his pride towards Kristin… he even considered her French accent “delicious”!

The Wrestler” was also a great film with its main protagonist played by the Hollywood bad boy, Mickey Rourke… I mean, I always thought he was the villain in all his movies and was kind of annoyed with his characters most times… I do apologize, Mr. Rourke… You proved me wrong on this… Marisa Tomei also gave yet another respectable performance… The movie became disturbing at some point, but definitely worth it…

My Mother, My Bride and I” was my last movie of the festival… A German movie with a very simple yet soft story… I’m not particularly a big fan of the German cinema, but this one closed my 2008 festival experience with a big smile 🙂


TIFF ’08 | French Marathon

This year I started off the festival by a couple of French films over the weekend…

L’empreinte de l’ange” was a drama… The main character, played beautifully by Catherine Frot, got on your nerves until you found yourself liking and sympathizing with her towards the end of the film… Some scenes seemed almost too wondrously unreal, until you realized the story was based on a true event… The acting of the two French ladies, Sandrine Bonnaire included, was strong and beautiful, making the whole movie experience even more rewarding.

Je veux voir”, preceded by the short film “Expectations”, is also a great story/documentary where Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress, finds herself in Beirut where she was invited to see the post war (Israel v. Lebanon) scenery and experience it firsthand… Her guide during the movie is Rabih Mroué, a Lebenese actor and the conversations between the two was magnifying… I loved the scene when Rabih was admiring a dialogue of Catherine’s in “Belle de jour” and when he was asked to say his favorite dialogue of the film in Arabic… And the last scene of the film was love at first sight… The shot of the car driving in a night in Beirout with the greatest background song by Scrambled Eggs

So far, the festival has brought me major joy… Yes!

More to come…


“People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. What can we call our own except energy, strength and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favour.”


TIFF ’08 | Sept. 4-13, 2008

The Toronto International Film Festival is finally happening… It always seems to me that Toronto has a totally different atmosphere in September when the crowds of film lovers spread around in the city… I also love the experience of setting up your alarm to wake up early in the morning, getting your coffee on your way to the box office, chatting with total strangers in the line-up (mostly about the festival, though random chit-chat does happen too!) and finally picking up your long-anticipated tickets, which are often overpriced but for a good reason! And that, my dear readers, is what this very morning was like for me once again… All for the love of cinema!

I’ll be sharing the films I’m going to watch in the next 10 days…

Stay tuned darlings…