Tuesday, October 12, 2010
German whimsy about France: Angela Christlieb's URVILLE opens at the AFA
URVILLE, the 2009 film from Angela Christlieb. Because Ms Christlieb also co-directed a film that TrustMovies treasures (Cinemania: a double-edged testament to crazy New Yorkers and the cinema-obsessed), I may be treating her new film more kindly than I otherwise would, for it struck me as the height (no, depth) of pointless European whimsy about... what, for Christ's sake? Maybe Utopia. Or maybe not. As director, writer and editor, Ms Christlieb (the filmmaker is shown below) must shoulder the praise (or blame) for this very odd film that seems to see Urville as an imaginary construct, but also -- since three actual villages in France bear this same name -- as a real place with real people, who are visited by our plucky filmmaker and her crew.
They do not enchant.
Maud Piquion (is this the Berlin gallery owner, perhaps) -- tells us, "are not afraid of death." Well, good for them. Of course, she might be referring to the imagined Urvillians rather than any of the real ones. Who knows? Who cares? I guess you can tell that TrustMovies just didn't "get" this film, which certainly does not bear comparison with much else that he's seen. (Points for originality, then? Hmmm....)
Anthology Film Archives. Check out its day-and-hour screening schedule from the AFA calendar here. You'll find directions to AFA here.