Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2010: Julia’s Disappearance – Review & Trailer

Age ain’t nothing but a number” – Andre 3000 of Outkast

In Julia’s Disappearance, Director Christopher Schaub allows the viewer to play the role of Scientist by placing the sensitive topic of aging under a microscope.  As if squeezed between two slides, as is quite literally evident through the cameras often blurry out-lined effect, Schaub’s intentions of having us dissect our own mortality couldn’t have been more successful.

Perhaps an appropriate comparison would be to take the relationship bonding elements of The Breakfast Club, subtract the melodrama, then substitute both the teen angst for some friendly 50-something banter, and the corny 1980’s dance montage for a surprisingly appropriate food fight in a nursing home… excuse me, ‘retirement community’.

Spoiler free synopsis, showtimes, and trailer after the jump

While on her way to meet with some close friends to celebrate her 50th birthday, Julia, with the help of a stranger, takes a detour into soul-searching self-discovery and learns that old dogs can indeed be taught new tricks, like making yourself be both invisible and seen at the same time.

Meanwhile her friends – a sextet of 50-somethings – are having no trouble enjoying their dinner whilst waiting for their guest of honor to arrive.  Just as Julia’s appointment with turning 50 remains unavoidable, so too does her friend’s topic of conversation; aging.  Whether trying to order from the menu things their doctors have told them they shouldn’t be eating at their age, telling jokes that begin with “you know you are old when…”, or acknowledging how certain ages of people view other ages, their dinner conversation never grows dull.  Even when suggestions arise of changing the topic they cannot help themselves, try as they may, and reel the conversation back to the topic of age, as if it were pre-destined.

The question of whether or not Julia will arrive at her party takes a backseat to Martin Suter‘s humorously crafted, smartly written screenplay.  The real star of this film is ‘age’, and with the help of director, Schaub and having the keen eyes of cinematographer, Filip Zumbrunn and editor, Marina Wernli, Julia’s Disappearance is a feel-good success, one that is sure to improve with age.

Remaining showtimes for Julia’s Disappearance:

Thursday, October 28 – 7:30pm @ The Castro Theatre

Saturday, October 30 – 5:00pm @ Camera Cinemas 12 in San Jose

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