SFIFF 2011 Films in Brief: “The Whistleblower”, “I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive” and “The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye”

The Whistleblower

There are moments in life that we all regret, for me it was the moment I foolishly decided to catch The Whistleblower instead of Werner Herzog‘s Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  What was I thinking?  I’m pretty sure this film is director Larysa Kondracki‘s pitch to CBS for yet another generic version of CSI, albeit one with gratuitous and unnecessary photos of rape victims so as if to seem edgy.  Okay, maybe not CSI, but at least one of those generic crime shows where one or two good actors surround themselves with cheese-ball script writers, hammy actors, clichéd musical score cues, rushed plot development that leaves no time for setting any sort of interesting atmosphere, and most of all, predictability.

It’s the film’s obvious predictable nature that makes my task of writing a brief plot outline without giving anything away a difficult one.  So here it is in a nutshell:  Divorced woman married to her job as a police officer takes a job with the UN where she’ll be stationed in post-war Bosnia for the sake of peacekeeping.  From there generic suspense ensues courtesy of a generic sex trafficking plot, and one do-gooder who must overcome insurmountable made-for-television movie odds.

Showtimes for The Whistleblower:

TUE Apr 26 – 9:15pm (Kabuki)

THU Apr 28 – 9:30pm (Kabuki)

Follow the jump to see brief reviews of I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive and Detroit Wild City

I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive

Comparisons to Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows immediately spring to mind, especially from the troubled youth protagonist angle, but mostly due to the expert use of the handheld (not a shaky-cam, there’s a huge difference) used to frame much of the drama unfolding of one boy’s effort to reconnect with his estranged birth mother and the unexpected strange turn of events that transpire.  Perhaps this film’s style should come as no surprise being that the senior Miller (Claude) once worked for Truffaut along with Godard and many others.  Ultimately, this is a wholly original and authentic homage to the classic french new-age movement of the 1960s.  All fans of that particular genre should check this one out.

Showtimes for I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive:

FRI Apr 22 – 6:45pm (Kabuki)

MON Apr 25 – 9:30pm (Kabuki)

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is just that, a cinematic ballad – or ode if you will – on pioneering industrial musician, Genesis, her loving involvement with Lady Jaye, and their no-holds-barred pandrogynous relationship, in where the notion of two souls coming together as one is taken quite literally as these lovers physically alter their bodies to each others likeness.  Ignorant ideals of what is considered by many to be eccentric and outlandish transformed into notions of what it means to be both beautiful, brave, in love, and to not give a fuck about how others perceive you.  I say, Marie Losier (director of the film), good show.

Showtimes for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye:

WED Apr 27 – 9:15pm (Kabuki)

THU May 5 – 6:30pm (Kabuki)

(Tickets can be purchased here)


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