Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Passe ton bac d'abord C'est la vie, hein?

This is a slightly left of centre review but just after having viewed this movie on TFO last night

C'est la vie, hein?

From 1979, Passe ton bac d'abord is the unremarkable lives of teenagers stuck in a mining town in Lens, France. Maurice Pialat's film just before Loulou perfectly captures the ordinariness of their daily life.
As the credits start roll, the introduction to philosophy by their teacher drones on in the background, dropping words like "s'ennui" and "pourquoi ... on tracasse"

"on s'emmerde"

Director Maurice Pialat has a proven eye for the ladies, here he casts the pretty and vulnerable Sabine Haudepin [ first seen in Jules et Jim as the young Sabine ] as Elisabeth and Philippe Marlaud as Philippe who has an eye for Elisabeth. The other schoolmates are drawn from the town itself, each "actor" bearing their own name and playing themselves.

The generational theme of Passe ton bac d'abord is not unlike that seen in Lukas Moodysson's Show Me Love or other teen related films, kids trying to grow up and going nowhere fast, killing time, hanging out together and dreaming of getting out - or in the case of the young girl Agnes, getting married in a few months. The prospects for the teens of getting out of Lens are minimal at best. Their fathers work in the mine to support their families, but come prone to deadly silicosis from the dust inhaled in their labours.

The young girl dreams of her wedding day in a few months, not unlike a friend who also married at 19 but already burdened with two kids already. Althought set in 1979, the colourful movie is still modern in style and fashion with a French flare. Mentions of the Sex Pistols and other punk bands are contemporary. A trip to the seaside takes the friends out of Lens for a while. The question still is what are you going to do after graduation or dropping out of school. L'ennui is the word of the day, so it's a parade of "on se balade?" strolls along the beach. The girls hairstyles and deportment is not out of place for the time, while the young male's coifs are long and styled. Displays of affection are not out of place, and there are flashes of the bedroom. This is not a generation of slackers, although a life without lycée does not leave much choice for the guys except to stay in Lens or find their dream elsewhere - this time in Paris.

Passe ton bac d'abord has the Pialat charm and intimate camerawork that would be his trademark for films to come. Next stop: Loulou.

Monday, October 15, 2007

from TIFF 2004a lookback

from Sep 19 2004

now this is a festival

Thursday September 9, 2004
La Femme de Gilles
Varsity 8 6:30 PM

Thursday September 9, 2004
Human Touch, Paul Cox, 2004
VARSITY 2 10:00 PM

Friday September 10, 2004
Les Revenants, Robin Campillo

Friday September 10, 2004
Undertow, David Gordon Green, 2004

Saturday September 11, 2004
I Heart Huckabees, David O. Russell, 2004

Saturday September 11, 2004
In My Father's Den, Brad McGann, 2004

Saturday September 11, 2004
Anatomie d'Enfer, Catherine Breillat

Saturday September 11, 2004
Lila Dit Ca, Ziad Doueiri, 2004

Saturday September 11, 2004
Haven, Frank E. Flowers, 2004

Sunday September 12, 2004
A Hole in My Heart, Lukas Moodysson, 2004

Sunday September 12, 2004
Head in the Clouds, John Duigan, 2004

Monday September 13, 2004
Mysterious Skin, Gregg Araki, 2004

Tuesday September 14, 2004

9 Songs, Michael Winterbottom, 2004

Wednesday September 15, 2004

Stage Beauty, Richard Eyre, 2004

Wednesday September 15, 2004

A Good Woman

Thursday September 16, 2004

A Good Woman RYERSON 12:30 PM

Thursday September 16, 2004

Eros, Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni

Friday September 17, 2004

Somersault, Cate Shortland, 2004

Saturday September 18, 2004

Somersault, Cate Shortland, 2004

Saturday September 18, 2004

CQ2, Carol Laure, 2004

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Was this your era ?

Joy Division

The Best Of CMJ 1979-1989 - Various Artists album (1990)

US 5CD College Media Inc. CMJ 10-CD 1001 A/B/C/D/E
(thanks to Sebastian Luetzow for the info and the scan!)

Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four
London Calling - The Clash
Next To You - The Police
Starry Eyes - The Records
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
Here Comes My Girl - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Look Sharp - Joe Jackson
Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
You Say You Don't Love Me - Buzzcocks
I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
Enola Gay - OMD
Twist & Crawl - The Beat
Pay To Cum - Bad Brains
I Got You - Split Enz
Los Angeles - X
I Wanna Destroy You - Soft Boys
Going Underground - The Jam
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Biko - Peter Gabriel
Rise Above - Black Flag
Motorhead - Motorhead
The Wait - The Pretenders
Another Nail In My Heart - Squeeze
Girls On Film - Duran Duran
Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs
Big Brown Eyes - dB's
Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
Crazy - Pylon
Runaway Boys - Stray Cats
Holiday In Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Don't You Want Me - Human League
O Superman - Laurie Anderson
New Chatauqua - Pat Metheny
Senses Working Overtime - XTC
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Rockit - Herbie Hancock
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Radio Free Europe - REM
Spellbound - Siouxsie & The Banshees
Sponji Reggae - Black Uhuru
Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears
Ja Funmi - King Sunny Ade
16 Shells From A Thirty-O Six - Tom Waits
Atomic Dog - George Clinton
Tenderness - General Public
It's My Life - Talk Talk
You're The Best Thing - Style Council
The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges
Blue Monday - New Order
Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
Rock Box - Run DMC
Pride - U2
Free Nelson Mandela - Specials AKA
When Doves Cry - Prince & The Revolution
Unsatisfied - The Replacements
A New England - Billy Bragg
Marlene On The Wall - Suzanne Vega
Will The Wolf Survive? - Los Lobos
I Want You Back - Hoodoo Gurus
Pink Turns To Blue - Husker Du
How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths
The Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys
Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing - Minutemen
Party At Ground Zero - Fishbone
Take The Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven
Pride & Joy - Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials
Moving To Florida - Butthole Surfers
Just Like Honey - Jesus & Mary Chain
Death Valley '69 - Sonic Youth


The John Peel Sessions - Various Artists album (1990)

US promo CD Dutch East India Trading DEI 8601-2
(thanks to Øyvind Franck for the info and the scan!)

Keep The Circle Around - Inspiral Carpets
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
In My Veins - Prong
To Hell With Poverty - Gang Of Four
Do It Better - Happy Mondays
Handsome Devil - The Smiths
Perfumed Garden - The Chameleons
Culture Vultures - Wire
Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie And The Banshees
Truth - New Order
New Rose - The Damned
False Prophet - Extreme Noise Terror
Two Of A Kind - Syd Barrett
What Do I Get? - Buzzcocks
Killing An Arab - The Cure
Hey Bernadette - Colorblind James Experience
Mess Of My - The Fall
Munise Munise - Amayenge

Thursday, September 27, 2007

TIFF 07 Schedule

RYERSON THE BRAVE ONE THU 9/6/2007 09:00pm10:59pm
Scotiabank 1 Les Amours d'Astree et de Celadon FRI 9/7/2007 09:30am 11:19am
Scotiabank 4 The Mourning Forest FRI 9/7/2007 12:00pm 1:37pm
Scotiabank 3 Joy Division FRI 9/7/2007 02:45pm 4:18pm
Scotiabank 4 THE MAN FROM LONDON FRI 9/7/2007 06:00pm 8:15pm
Ryerson THE VISITOR FRI 9/7/2007 09:00pm 10:58pm
Scotiabank 2 Control SAT 9/8/2007 09:00am 11:01am
Scotiabank 3 Captain Mike Across America SAT 9/8/2007 11:45am 1:22pm
Ryerson Battle in Seattle SAT 9/8/2007 03:00pm 4:40pm
Ryerson JUNO SAT 9/8/2007 06:00pm 7:36pm
Scotiabank 1 Chrysalis SAT 9/8/2007 09:45pm 11:14pm
Scotiabank 1 LUST, CAUTION SUN 9/9/2007 09:00am 11:52am
Scotiabank 2 Starting Out in the Evening SUN 9/9/2007 1:00pm 2:51pm
Scotiabank 1 Les Chansons d'amour SUN 9/9/2007 03:30pm 5:05pm
Ryerson The Girl in the Park SUN 9/9/2007 06:00pm 7:49pm
Ryerson Chaotic Ana SUN 9/9/2007 09:15pm 11:15pm
Ryerson No Country for Old Men MON 9/10/2007 09:00am 11:02am
ELGIN The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford MON 9/10/2007 11:00am 1:40pm
ELGIN Elizabeth: The Golden Age MON 9/10/2007 03:00pm 4:55pm
Scotiabank 1 UNE VIEILLE MAITRESSE MON 9/10/2007 06:30pm 8:24pm
Scotiabank 2 NORMAL MON 9/10/2007 09:00pm 10:44pm
ELGIN Across The Universe TUE 9/11/2007 11:00am 1:13pm
ELGIN Nightwatching TUE 9/11/2007 02:30pm 4:51pm
SCOTIABANK 1 KING OF CALIFORNIA TUE 9/11/2007 07:00pm 8:45pm
Scotiabank 14 Naissance des pieuvres TUE 9/11/2007 09:45pm 11:10pm
Scotiabank 3 Bill WED 9/12/2007 09:00am 10:37am
ELGIN Cassandra's Dream WED 9/12/2007 11:00am 12:48pm
ELGIN Atonement WED 9/12/2007 02:30pm 4:33pm
ELGIN La Fille coupée en deux WED 9/12/2007 06:00pm 7:55pm
Ryerson I'm Not There WED 9/12/2007 08:30pm 10:45pm
Ryerson Silk THU 9/13/2007 09:00am 10:48am
ELGIN Margot at the Wedding THU 9/13/2007 12:00pm 1:32pm
Scotiabank 1 Lars and the Real Girl THU 9/13/2007 02:30pm 4:16pm
ELGIN Angel THU 9/13/2007 06:00pm 7:59pm
Scotiabank 1 Smiley Face THU 9/13/2007 10:00pm 11:24pm
Scotiabank 2 MARRIED LIFE FRI 9/14/2007 09:15am 10:45am
Cumberland 3 The Tracey Fragments FRI 9/14/2007 12:45pm 2:02pm
Scotiabank 1 MAD DETECTIVE FRI 9/14/2007 03:00pm 4:29pm
ELGIN Chacun son cinema FRI 9/14/2007 06:00pm 7:59pm
Varsity 1 Les Bons Débarras FRI 9/14/2007 09:30pm 11:24pm
Scotiabank 1 Le Voyage du ballon rouge SAT 9/15/2007 10:00am 11:53am
ELGIN Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who SAT 9/15/2007 02:30pm 4:30pm
Ryerson NOTHING IS PRIVATE SAT 9/15/2007 06:00pm 8:04pm
Cumberland GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER! SAT 9/15/2007 09:30pm10:44pm
Varsity 6 VEXILLE SAT 9/15/2007 11:45pm 1:20am

Post Toronto International Film Festival 07

When we mentioned we were seeing 45 movies in 10 days between bites of food and on our way to the Varsity most people seemed to be shocked. Do you remember them all? is always the first question, and you must really love movies is the other statement.

The answer is sometimes yes and no, and yes to the last. But every year's Toronto International Film Festival leaves some impression and surprise. Sometimes there is a quiet grr as we regret not seeing one movie over another, but you reconcile to the fact you cannot see everything and scheduling and distance precludes seeing certain films. The three days of Festival pass mayhem trying to create your perfect 50 film schedule ... debating getting $40 gala tickets in advance ... getting your picks down to the box office in time and then waiting for the announcement of the winning box in the lottery ... and then two more days of trying to reconcile your schedule against the tickets you actually received ...

Day One and Day Two always gets one into the swing of hurry up and line-up and trying to get your favourite seat at the Paramount or wherever [ surely no one has a favourite spot at the Cumberland theatres ] and the exhaustion inevitable sets in by Day Seven - no coffee or doughnut is a replacement for the missing sleep. By Day Eight is the inevitable attempt to catch that last buzz movie or see Brad and George and switching tickets around and Day 10 the Midnight Madness movies and the last chance to try to see that Day One movie one more time
dominates the daytime. Why didn't we see 50? Just sheer logistics [including Thursday does not have 5 movies to average in ] and that Midnight Madness just did not finish soon enough to catch the last TTC subway ride northward back into suburbia.

So by the end of Day 10 when you walk out of your last group experience, you simply ask yourself: "Is that all there is?" and start the countdown to next year.

La Vie Nouvelle

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Just in case you find yourself here our TIFF07 reviews are at

La Vie Nouvelle