Filmfetish Friday: Intouchables, Anton Corbijn: Inside Out, Quiz

Filmfetish Friday: Intouchables, Anton Corbijn: Inside Out, Quiz

Mar 23, 2012 |  by  |  Art, Event
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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? 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.

Before I begin with this weeks films, I want to set something straight. Last Friday I expected A Dangerous Method to be an ‘entertaining film’. IT ISN’T. I only have one word for it: BORING. Don’t go there, unless you want all energy sucked out of you.


Best film I’ve seen this year. I kid you not. Intouchables is about Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a millionaire in a wheelchair, and Driss (Omar Sy), a small criminal from a Parisian banlieue. The two meet in Philippe’s magnificent house in the centre of Paris, because Driss needs an autograph to proof that he applied for the job as Philippe’s care taker. He’s not applying of course, he just needs the autograph to get his welfare. Philippe, who is paralysed from chin to toes, offers Driss a job as his care taker anyway. A rare friendship is born. Almost every scene is funny or moving, without getting too sentimental. I truly believed in the relationship between Driss and Philippe. Not that strange, because Intouchables is based on a true story. At the end of the film you see the real Driss (named Abdel) and Philippe. They seem even more at ease with each other than their film versions. I will probably go see this one again.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Cinecenter and The Movies. Also in Pathe (Arena, City and Tuschinski).

Anton Corbijn: Inside Out

For those who missed something in their cultural education: Anton Corbijn is one of the most famous photographers in the world, also known as the ‘silent fifth member of U2′. In the last years he also booked success as a film maker (Control, The American). Klaartje Quirijns (also responsible for the ‘Kony 2012′ hype) made a personal portrait of Corbijn, who she has been friends with since four years. Quirijns followed him for three years. We see Corbijn as a man with an extremely busy schedule, but he’s alone most of the time. It seems he prefers it that way. While working, he tells about his childhood and his expectations of the future. People that know Corbijn well, such as Bono and Martin Lee Gore from Depeche Mode, also tell a bit about him. Brother Maarten Corbijn, also working as a photographer under the name Corbino, stays completely out of the picture. I wonder why, because Corbijn tells a lot about his family background. I guess there’s personal and too personal.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Kriterion.


I always wonder how Dick Maas gets money for his films, while projects like Rabat didn’t get anything. Maybe because Maas finds good/popular actors to work with. In Quiz Pierre Bokma (good) and Barry Atsma (popular) find themselves in a psychological game. Atsma is quiz master Leo van der Molen, the typical asshole guy who talks about ‘vrouwtjes’ (chickies) instead of ‘women’. I think Atsma was inspired by Eddy Zoëy, one of the most annoying people on Dutch television. Anyway, Leo thinks he’s heading for dinner with his wife (Kim van Kooten) and daughter in an Italian restaurant. They are not there. A weird guy (Bokma) is waiting for him a his table. He has his family captured. To save their lives, Leo has to answer 10 questions correctly. HOW WILL THIS END?! To support Dutch cinema, I’ll go. But it has to be a very grey and rainy day.

Watch this film in Cineville’sHet Ketelhuis. Also in Pathe (Arena, City and De Munt).

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