Sonntag, 17. Februar 2013

Berlinale: 누구의딸도아닌해원 (Nobody's Daughter Haewon) / Prince Avalanche

Korean competition title "누구의딸도아닌해원 (Nobody's Daughter Haewon)" by Hong Sang-soo has all the trademark elements of his work, from the randomness of the happenings, the off-beat humor of the dialogue, to the unembellished, pedestrian cinematography with the camera always zooming in and out of the actors like an alert, somewhat nosy bystander. As a result, the odd, endearing artificiality of the settings peculiar to Hong's movies came into being once again and consequently that puzzling take on reality which is very much his own. However, without the episodic structure of "Hahaha" or "In Another Country", "Haewon" lacks the narrative variety, weight and an inner complexity that gave those movies their poesy and dream-like quality, something that no amount of dream sequence can make up for.

American competition title "Prince Avalanche" starts off rather slowly, but once this unlikely buddy dramedy set in 1988 Texas gets into gear, the jokes begin to fly and the pain begins to strike. Writer/director David Gordon Green does a fine job balancing the fun/sad parts of the story, here and there even pitching in some inspired visual stunts to deepen the emotional resonance and elevate the movie out of mainstream conventionality. Both Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are solid, registering ignorance, worldliness, vulnerability and unbridled joy in an abundance of expressions to great comedic/dramatic effect. On the whole genuinely agreeable and unexpectedly moving.

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