Filmfetish Friday: Made in Dagenham, Monsters, También la Lluvia

Filmfetish Friday: Made in Dagenham, Monsters, También la Lluvia

May 21, 2011 |  by  |  Art
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As a freelance journalist, Anouk (26) usually writes about what other people do or like. In her precious spare time she watches arthouse films. Not a few. A lot, thanks to her trusted Cineville pass. Here she can finally share her film-fetish with the world.

To watch or not to watch? Anouk will tour around Amsterdam’s cinemas and answer this crucial question every Friday this Saturday. Without mercy, of course. Sucky movies will be slaughtered, cinematographic pearls will be appreciated as such. Or the other way around. After all, good taste is in the eye of the beholder.

One day late this week, we blame Edu Imbernon!

Made in Dagenham

I remember that my mother once told me that it used to be very normal that men got a higher salary then women, who were doing the same job. I was furious. Beyond furious. When was this? Why? How unfair! My mom said that it was not too long ago, and that it sometimes still happened. Total nonsense, right? 1968, based on a true story. A group of 187 women works in the Ford Factory in Dagenham, Britain. The roof is leaking and it’s way too hot in there, still the ladies have fun together. But then, Ford wants to lower their wages. They never expected the women would strike.. Yet, they do! Their wishes even expand: they want equal pay! Hell yeah! Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (you could also have seen her as Miss Lucy in Never Let Me Go) keeps surprising you as the strike leader. She even got me a bit emotional during some scenes. Thanks for the sex equality, you brave seamstresses!

Watch this film in: Rialto, Tuschinski


Eh, yeah… Monsters. I feel slightly unsatisfied, to say the least. It all seemed so promising: ‘Six years ago a NASA explorer returns to earth with parts of alien life.’ Cool, very cool. Also cool: the border area between the United States and Mexico is now full of aliens. During ‘the season’ the aliens start destroying stuff and people, not a good time to travel from one country to the other. Unfortunately, Kaulder and Sam have little choice. They miss the safe and super expensive ferry after a wild night on the town, so now they have to travel through the ‘infected zone’. This could have been awesome, but it isn’t. Too much suspense, too little real action. The final scene at the gas station is the genre failing as hard as possible. Be quick if you’re curious, Monsters shows ’till May 25th.

Watch this film in: Kriterion

También la Lluvia

The title ‘Even the Rain’ refers to a revolt of Bolivian indians. The government closes their wells, and because of that the indians have to pay a lot of money for water. It’s even forbidden for them to catch rainwater in barrels.. Director Sebastián (‘y tu mamá también’s Gael García Bernal‘) and producer Costa (handsome Luis Tosar) just want to make a movie about Columbus though. The extras in Bolivia only cost two dollars a day, the sets are amazing, the water problems can be ignored. One of their extras, the indian Daniel, starts to play a big role in the revolt movement. He can’t go to jail, as he has to play an important part in their film! At first the clash between these two different worlds is cynical and funny. That changes when Costa starts to feel guilt. I liked him better as the heartless producer who just cares about money and efficiency though, he becomes a bit boring. Thank God, cutie Sebastían stays heartless for the rest of the story.

Watch this film in: Het Ketelhuis, Tuschinski

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