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Changing Times Review


Very Good
A man is buried under a heap of mud and dirt within the first five minutes of Andre Techine's Changing Times. It's not quite a mudslide since it's not on any sort of angle, but it piles on a man until a group of workers have to dive into the hole to dig him out. Not surprisingly, this event punctuates the subdued surreal nature of the film.

Antoine (Gérard Depardieu) has a nice job. He oversees construction for a company who builds media centers all over the world, using his skills as an engineer and a negotiator to keep projects rolling. These skills were not used to his advantage earlier in his life when he dated Cécile (Catherine Deneuve), who now makes her living as a radio show host and a wife to Nathan (Gilbert Melki), a renowned doctor. Fate, as it tends to do, intervenes (interferes) and sends Antoine to Tangiers, where Cécile lives. At the same time, Cécile and Nathan's son Sami (Malik Zidi) and his partner Nadia (Lubna Azabal) come home for vacation time. By vacation, they actually mean for Sami to visit his secret boyfriend and for Nadia to visit her sister, Aïcha (Lubna again). The film mainly pivots on Antoine's quest to get Cécile back, which begins as gazing from afar and eventually becomes family interaction.

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks Review


Very Good
Four people are in a room dancing, Charlie's Angels style, fingers pointed like shooting guns and booties shaking. Heads bob up and down in time with the pop and fizz funk of the German record playing in the background.

Styled like a music video, we cut back and forth between all four of them swinging in sync with the rhythm and performing their individual motions with campy grandeur. After three or four minutes of this highly amusing, sexually charged romp and stomp in the living room, the middle aged businessman (obviously the leader of the group) abruptly turns off the record. "All right, that's enough. Everybody to the bedroom!" The women rush offscreen, giggling and squealing.

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Water Drops On Burning Rocks Review


Weak

Boy did I feel like a dilettante watching "Water Drops on Burning Rocks." A self-satisfied satire of sexual politics based on an unproduced play by a 19-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder before he became an artsy-fartsy German film director, it's the kind of exaggerated, elitist Euro-farce that cinema snobs enjoy just because they know the unwashed masses wouldn't.

But while I like to think I can swing both ways on the film snob pendulum, you'll have to count me among the latter group on this picture.

Directed by Francois Ozon ("Sitcom"), this caustic dark comedy about releationships based on sexual power stars Bernard Giraudeau as Leopold, an aging Lothario in the early 1970s who brings home effeminate 19-year-old Franz (Malik Zidi) and seduces him. Leo steals the young man away from his devoted fiancée and the two begin a live-in relationship in which the power is definitely tilted in the older man's favor.

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Four people are in a room dancing, Charlie's Angels style, fingers pointed like shooting guns...

Water Drops On Burning Rocks Movie Review

Water Drops On Burning Rocks Movie Review

Boy did I feel like a dilettante watching "Water Drops on Burning Rocks." A self-satisfied...

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