Saturday, June 27, 2009

Olivier, Olivier

Agnieszka Holland wrote and directed this interesting thriller supposedly based on a true story concerning a young boy who goes missing and then turns up years later to join his family. As a mystery it comes up a tad short but as a cinematic journey it is of great value. No doubt Holland puts much of herself in this script and the result is a confusing look at the many diffent roles members of a family can play. It's the type of picture, had it been made in North America, would no doubt be a complete failure, in the hands of Holland with this superb French cast it raises far above what one has come to expect from the genre. Subtitles may turn some off but well worth a viewing for the visual stylings alone.