>Nat Film Festival – Days 2 and 3*

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La Zona (Mexico, 2007) – I could describe this film as a daring and original idea that didn’t really work out. It could have been the mexican equivalent to the brazilian film Tropa de Elite, which aroused a heated discussion about the movie audience that cheered during endless torture scenes commited by the main character – a cop struggling against drugdealers without following the rules. La Zona is more visually shocking than all tortures scenes performed in Tropa de Elite, which makes one wonder why no one has really talked about it. Perhaps for the fact the film is bold in its shell, but timid while developing the story of the residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the heart of Mexico DF, who live according to their own laws. One day a group of miserable men who live in the other side, manage to enter in this place, which walls are safer than those from medieval times. They kill one of the residents, and so the story begins, as the residents make justice with their own hands, killing them all, except a young boy that will be trapped like a rat (photo). For quite a long time the script gets stucked in one matter without moving forward, besides, the film doesn’t rouse neither a social nor a political discussion about its main theme, which is a pity.

Blind Mountain (Mang Shan, China, 2007) – Films about women who are kidnapped to become prostitutes have already been made, but this one is about kidnapped chinese women who are sold to becomes wives in China. The story is told through the point of view of the residents of a village, whose simple habits – like planting corn and eating corn – and narrow minded ideas match those from medieval times, therefore, it’s remarkable to realize they’re living in contemporary times, like if time machine broke in that single spot of the world and would never fly again. The country is socialist, but real socialism haven’t spread throughly, neither in social services nor in their own habitants’ point of view. In a city close to the village, a doctor denies to save one’s life before getting paid; in the road, one denies to give a ride to a person clearly in need because she doesn’t have a penny. The kidnapped young woman refuses to accept her “duty” from the beggining to the end, whereas all other women in the village (all kidnapped as well), behave submissively like a Dogville’s Grace. The film’s social and cultural context is barely explained, and unless one possesses knowledge of the theme, many questions won’t be answered. The ending scene is, perhaps, a metaphor for what could be the only solution for the problem. A pessimistic vision, which I agree with.

*Finally I’m writing about the movie festival. These first films won’t be hard to write about, as I had made several notes at the time, but unfortunately I didn’t keep notes of all 20 films I saw from march 29 until april 7. Now I’ll know which films really lasted in my memory, the ones I liked the most! Next films to be written about: Blind, Dan in Real Life and My Blueberry Nights.

9 Comments to “>Nat Film Festival – Days 2 and 3*”

  1. >Dos dois filmes, Romeika, o que me deixou mais intrigada foi "Blind Mountain". Mesmo assim, acho difícil que estes dois filmes sejam lançados em breve no Brasil.

  2. >Romeika!vou mesmo tentar o Chance! Não conhecia!!!Obrigada pela dica :)amei o seu look amarelo abaixo, está linda! eu vou começar a postar mais fotos minhas no blog, só estou esperando a minha câmera chegar, acho que esta semana já estará aqui!mil beijos!!Kira

  3. >You know what I love about your blog? Comming here always means runing into something not just beautiful, but interesting. Thank you for the movie reviews!I'll try to catch Blind Mountain if they play it here in Peru at some point (which i doubt), even if the movie has flaws, it does seem like an interesting subject. Also, sex traffic, paradoxes in societies that are supposed to be equal and women rights are some of the subjects that interest me the most. If you haven't see it, I highly recommend you 'Eastern Promises' by Cronenberg. An interesting view on the situation of Russia and Europe.

  4. >Hi, I will surely try both films. You did a fantastic job – describing the film clearly but still made me wanting to watch it! Can't wait for your next post!

  5. >definitely want to see Blind Mountain – I read a novel/semi-autobiography with very similar themes a while ago and it's a fascinating, albeit very discomfiting subject. (can't remember the book though…)look forward to your comments on 'blueberry nights'… it looks all vibrant and exciting but nothing I've read on it yet suggests it lives up to its visual splendour…

  6. >yay, I love your film posts! You have good taste, and thankfully its not just movie-snob stuff. The fact you're reviewing Dan in Real Life in the next post (which I'm excited for, I love it as a romcom!) shows how well rounded you are in the film department :)These two are obviously in the higher quality category and I had never heard of either, but blind mountain is definitely intriguing. I can't believe you manage to and were lucky enough to see so many films overall! really looking forward to the blueberry review, that one got mixed reviews, yet I'm curious

  7. >Interesting filmes, both actually. I await more coments about others in the festival. ;)Ciao!

  8. >I would love to see Blind mountain, the Mexican movie was a disappointment, it was just a non-sense-violence without any content here in México was only two weeks in the cinemas and almost everybody forget about itCheers

  9. >Kamila, se nao me engano "La Zona" estreou no Brasil ha algumas semanas. O que eu gostei mesmo foi "Blind Mountain", esse recomendo.Kira, aguardo esses novos posts, beijos!Jimena, thank you so much! I wouldn't say the chinese film has flaws, although it makes one wonder about lots of things. I have a chinese classmate in danish school, she explained me lots of things that made me understand the absurdity of many situations in this film. If you're interested in these subjects u listed, I think you'll like the film:) I have seen "Eastern Promises", it was one of the best films I saw last year. There's some other film that goes deeper in this female traffic issue, it's a swedish film called "Lilja 4-ever", very good.Times of Glory, thanks!:-)Headmistress, I didn't love "My blueberry nights" either, I'm afraid my comments won't be very different from the majority:-)Jayne, I went to see "Dan in Real Life" with this thought: "oh, I have this card I can see as much films as I want, and since the film is opening here soon, and I'll want to see it anyway, better seeing it now than paying for it later". *lol* Sounds like a cheap person's thought! I should have seen something that wouldn't ever open in the movies, although I don't regret my choice.. By the time I saw this comedy, I had only seen very hardcore-subjected films, so it was good to relax..:-) Plus, I like Steven Carell ^.^Wally, I might post more tomorrow. A.R., as a mexican yourself, I was wondering what would be your opinion about La Zona. It seems like we both have similar interpretations of it. It does have an interesting plot, which unfortunately was wasted with that kind of approach you mentioned.

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