All little stars have a reason
Lil Peep: Everything for Everyone (2019) Everybody's everything documentary Directors: Sebastian Jones, Ramez Silyan Cast: Lil Peep Premiere: November 21, 2019 For several years, Gustav Ar has gone from an…

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And drove to the Summer Garden
Frenchman (2019) drama Director: Andrey Smirnov Cast: Anton Rival, Evgenia Obraztsova, Alexander Baluev, Evgeny Tkachuk, Mikhail Efremov Premiere: October 31, 2019 In 1957, Pierre Duran, a French student with Russian…

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Who did the “stars” before they became famous all over the world?
Every time we see beloved celebrities on television or on the pages of magazines, it’s hard to believe that not so long ago they were ordinary people who had to…

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Belgian nudist in search of the sacred hammer

Patrick (2019)
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drama comedy
Director: Tim Milants
Cast: Jamaine Clement, Kevin Janssens, Hannah Hextra, Ian Bijvoet, Pain Lanners
Patrick (Kevin Janssens) is almost 40, and he still hangs on the neck of his parents – the owners of a very specific summer camp, where everyone runs completely naked. He spends his free days designing and planing crafting furniture, which, however, does not show anyone. When Patrick’s elderly father dies, a whole bunch of worries falls on his son: someone wants to take his place on the nudist throne, someone is dissatisfied with the arrogance of a visiting American musician (an unexpected but rather short exit by Jamein Clement), and someone obsessively expresses regrets about the death of the parent. Patrick doesn’t care much about everything: he has his own tragedy – he lost the hammer from his favorite collection, which has been discontinued for six years. Patrick begins the investigation.

Shot from the movie “Patrick”
In addition to all the cinematic trends, which are understated and negotiated hundreds of thousands of times (this is the dominance of blockbusters, and the hegemony of the sequels, in general, you yourself know), 2019 was another strange trend. For some reason, this year an indecent number of absurd comedies, films with an equally serious face redrawing the rules of gray being came out. Moreover, this trend is not geographically recorded at all: “Dick Long’s Death” was released in the USA from one of the participants in the duet Daniels (authors of “The Man is a Swiss Knife”, also absurd), “The Art of Self-Defense” with Jesse Eisenberg and “Greener Grass”; in France Quentin Dupier made his “Deer skin”, in Ireland – “Super (NOT) natural”. And now there’s a Belgian answer to the world flow of funny syur: the film “Patrick” is about an autistic guy who cannot find his hammer in any way.

Shot from the movie “Patrick”
“Patrick” is the full-length debut of director Tim Milants, a competent serial director who shot episodes of “Sharp Visors”, “Legion” and “Terror.” His cinema, however, does not at all resemble what he had done before – and, to be honest, it doesn’t look like much at all. “Patrick”, unlike many of his obscene brothers, does not seek to emphasize differentness in every shot, to expose the facets of his unique world, to surprise, amuse or, perhaps, excite at all costs. In this regard, it is very interesting to compare it with the same “Greener Grass”, which recently died out in our cinemas (well, as if it died out, it was probably watched by three people): while American colleagues are transforming ordinary life into an acidic absurdity, turning every routine detail into to the hyperbole, Tim Milants, on the contrary, takes an initially striking setting (nudist camping, where everything from small to large go and shake with causals in front of the camera) and colorful characters only to establish a new norm with their help. Fifteen minutes later, the viewer no longer notices widespread nudity, strange people become familiar and therefore familiar, and a completely idiotic story about the search for a lost hammer suddenly acquires a sincere emotional volume.

Shot from the movie “Patrick”
This is a movie of contradictions: working as an antidetective and deconstructing the laws of the genre, “Patrick” is nevertheless very carefully written by the standards of a detective. Every absurd plot twist here, if you look at it, logically follows from the proposed circumstances and casual facts (the name of one criminal flashes almost in the very first dialogue, and the absurd emotionality of the second is cleverly explained by his motivation). With all the obvious frivolity, the film never seems to joke directly: the plane of the comedic is laid out above the plot, and it’s ridiculous not because the characters act contrary to genre laws, but precisely because inside their absurd plot they move along clear dramatic trajectories, in others conditions quite capable of being the basis for a sentimental tragedy. The most shocking scenes here are the most important ones. The funniest heroes are those that go the longest emotional way.

“Patrick”, like the works of Daniels, is an example of a new, metamodern absurdity in which the surrealism of images and the absolute idiocy of plot moves not only do not cancel out the drama, but, on the contrary, only emphasize it. He seriously, thoroughly and visually sophisticated (figuratively Milants can give odds to any abstruse author with a big “A”) tells a completely seemingly frivolous story, finds emotions where laughter usually drowns them, and meanings in places where no one would did not even search. His hero – infantile, scammer, eccentric – is not hyperbolic, and his strange crusade behind the Grail-hammer does not turn into any abstruse metaphor (the film even jokes about it directly: they say there is no catch here, he really just wants to find a hammer). It’s just that sometimes in the search for a building instrument, there may be more feelings, character and truth of life than in other festival manifestos.

When the deadline is on
Sin (2019) Sin biographical, drama, historical Director: Andrei Konchalovsky Cast: Alberto Testone, Orso Maria Gerrini, Massimo De Frankovic, Glen Blackhall, Jacob Dil Premiere: November 14, 2019 Michelangelo Buonarotti (Alberto Testone)…

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Review of the cartoon "Addams Family"
Addams Family (2019) The addams family animation, comedy, family, horror, fantasy Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Amy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Finn Wolfard Premiere: October…

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"High heels"
High Heels (1991) High heels drama Director: Pedro Almodovar Cast: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bose, Ana Lisaran, Mayrata O'Vichedo "High Heels" was released in 1991, and even then they…

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Current War (2017)
Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is on the verge of the greatest technological revolution in world history: after the invention of the light bulb, he is going to bring light to…

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