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Michel Bouquet and Cannes Film Festival Saturday 26th May 2012 'Mud' premiere during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Michel Bouquet and Cannes Film Festival

Toto The Hero Review


Extraordinary
Foreign art films are mostly appreciated by a small group of patrons and critics who like almost all foreign films, from The Rules of the Game right down to travesties like Blow-Up, and barely discriminate between a masterpiece and a skin flick. Meanwhile, mainstream audiences continue to ignore other European films. This is a shame, because a lot of European directors - well, at least a few - are making films that outshine American attempts in every genre.

With Toto the Hero, aka Toto Le Heros, Belgian newcomer Jaco Van Dormael created a whimsical and disturbing debut that was Belgium's biggest international hit to date. Toto Le Heros is a celebration of the absurd, a meditation on the eternal return, Back to the Future with a European sensibilite. What else can you say about a movie that makes obsessive love for one's sister, fantasies of murdering a rival, a life spent alone, and shoplifting and setting fire to buildings all seem sweet as an afternoon picnic?

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Night And Fog Review


Excellent
When it comes to Holocaust documentaries, there is simply no further word than Alain Resnais's Night and Fog.

Barely 30 minutes in length, the short film comprises a current (for 1955) tour of the various concentration camps intercut with archival video from them. Modern-day documentaries (why they keep making new ones I'll never figure out) show the crumbling facades of Auschwitz and its brethren, but in '55 things were still relatively intact. Although the architecture was already decaying -- a testament to how hastily the camps were constructed -- you can still sense the presence of the victims who resided in the dormitories and gave up their lives in the furnaces. Surprisingly it's not this footage that is the most powerful; rather, when Resnais shows us the present day, with its disintigrating mortar between the bricks and not a soul to be found, we get a real sense of history and how quickly it can create a new identity.

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Toto The Hero Review


Extraordinary
Foreign art films are mostly appreciated by a small group of patrons and critics who like almost all foreign films, from The Rules of the Game right down to travesties like Blow-Up, and barely discriminate between a masterpiece and a skin flick. Meanwhile, mainstream audiences continue to ignore other European films. This is a shame, because a lot of European directors - well, at least a few - are making films that outshine American attempts in every genre.

With Toto the Hero, aka Toto Le Heros, Belgian newcomer Jaco Van Dormael created a whimsical and disturbing debut that was Belgium's biggest international hit to date. Toto Le Heros is a celebration of the absurd, a meditation on the eternal return, Back to the Future with a European sensibilite. What else can you say about a movie that makes obsessive love for one's sister, fantasies of murdering a rival, a life spent alone, and shoplifting and setting fire to buildings all seem sweet as an afternoon picnic?

Continue reading: Toto The Hero Review

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