Filmfetish Friday: The Beaver, Le Gamin Au Vélo, Mother

Filmfetish Friday: The Beaver, Le Gamin Au Vélo, Mother

Jul 22, 2011 |  by  |  Art, Event
About the author
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? I will tour around Amsterdam’s cinemas and answer this crucial question every Friday. 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.

The Beaver

If you call your movie The Beaver, as director and actress Jodie Foster does, you have to be very naive. The Beaver.. Jodie, does no one tells you anything? In this case, the title figure is a hand puppet used by Mel Gibson as his mouthpiece, because he is depressed. The Beaver cheers him up. So is this comedy or drama? Not one film critic seems to know, they call it a bad combination of both. Too painful to be really funny, too much slapstick elements to be a good drama story. I have no idea either, I still have to see it. Although the critics aren’t that raving, you should never miss out on a chance to watch Gibson playing with a beaver.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies, Pathe (all of them).

Le Gamin Au Vélo

For one time Wallonia doesn’t look depressing and gray, the famous Dardenne brothers made a totally different film then they usually do. Le Gamin Au Vélo (the kid on the bike) isn’t about unemployment and criminality for once, but about a boy who’s determined to find his father. The twelve year old Cyril can’t believe his father really left him in an orphanage. That his father’s appartment is empty and his phone cut off, must be a mistake. Luckily Cyril runs into Samantha (star actress Cécile de France), who tries to give him a better life.
Le Gamin Au Vélo won the jury price in Cannes and stands on top of my films-I-really-really-want-to-see-but-haven’t-found-time-for-yet-list. Hopefully this weekend.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Cinecenter and Rialto.


Go to Het Ketelhuis today if you want to see this South-Korean thriller, it only shows tonight in the open air cinema. Director Bong Joon-ho already showed he can make scary shit with The Host (2006). Mother is supposed to be good for a couple of frights as well. The winner of the last year’s Asian Film Awards is about a mother who wants to proof her ‘mentally challenged’ son isn’t a murderer. Bong Joo-ho sets you on the wrong foot, again and again. A must see!

Watch this film in Cineville’s Het Ketelhuis.

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