1996 Montreal Film Festival Diaries
Montreal Diary - Day 9
Montreal, Friday, August 30
Haven't seen much of Friday--Green Eyes was that good. Caught up with "Un
Air De Famille", by French director Cedric Klapisch. Mom, sis, bro
and wife gather in a small cafe in the 'burbs owned by Jean-Pierre Bacri
whose birthday it is today. A perfect day, one guesses, for Bacri's wife
to leave him. The birthday dinner is a disaster, of the funniest kind. The
movie goes double speed, you can't stop laughing, it's a vivid, and vividly
wicked (not to mention absurd), portrait of your family as well as mine.
Don't miss it.
"Mission: Impossible" director Brian De Palma is a fixture at
the Montreal Festival: it's his favorite movie-going marathon and everyone
here respects that. A cinephile to end all cinephiles, he practically arranges
his yearly schedule around it. It's quite a joy to see this fairly massive
man bounce out of the elevator at 8:30 am, bounce into the street toward
the theatres with the grace of a ballet dancer and the smile of a child
on his way to a picnic. The miracle is that at 2 am, after the last screening,
he has the same expectant smile on his face as he goes through the program
to decide on tomorrow's fare. How can you not love this man?
Despite the presence of Tcheky Karyo and "East of Eden" James
Dean co-star Julie Harris (in a role Shirley MacLaine could have done in
her sleep), "Gentle Into the Night", a road-movie about a private
detective and an old hitchhiker in Italy who may have a touch of Alzheimer
and then again may not, doesn't make a major dent in the day. So, back to
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