deSlang presents | BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | THE FAIRY | 6 Aug

Also available in: Engels

THE FAIRY  2011
(La Fée)
Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy
94 minutes
In French with English subtitles

This recent French-Belgian film has been a favorite at festivals, and it’s a perfect summer film. The setting is the downbeat French harbor town of Le Havre, where out of the bleakest of situations and locations the three directors of the film (who are also the main actors in the film) create a tension between the mundane and the magical. It has a wonderful style, a sort of controlled awkwardness that contains a bittersweet sense of humor. The atmosphere is sort of Belgian…almost like something out of the early 60s…… and indeed the highly-stylized visual cinema of Jacques Tati does come to mind (as does the early silents of Buster Keaton and Chaplin).

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The story? It’s a complex love affair between two losers… a depressed hotel night clerk and an escaped mental patient. The key to the film is transformation, which is different than escapism. In other words, even though the film is illuminating and soul-warming, it is set against the gritty reality of everyday life. And I should also say there are heavy doses of ultra-kitsch in this cinematic cocktail. In the end it’s visionary…. a sort of quirky, effervescent surrealism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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