My Day 5 At San Francisco’s International Film Festival 2012: “Unfair World” and “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon”

Having missed two days of the festival due to a sudden bout with the flu, after sweating out a fever I thought I was 100%, I was back in the theatres.  It didn’t take long, however, to realize that my fight with the flu wasn’t completely over.  Now, the sensible thing to do would have been to stay home, but who has time to be sensible when there are movies to watch?  For the record, as I write this I’m at home with a feverish sweat and a painfully sore throat.  With that being said, I hope that my account of the evening turns out to be a coherent one.  Click the jump to find out.

Unfair World

Huge fans of ironic humor delivered in unwavering deadpan fashion must seek out this movie.

Now, admittedly, I have not seen a lot of Greek cinema over the past few years, but from what I have seen I will say this; the Greeks have a unique and strange way of presenting comedy.  Take Filippos Tsitos‘ latest Unfair World.  Tsitos takes the irony and humor found in complacency and seriousness to a brand new level.  Actors don droopy dog faces, eyes that seldom blink, and stern tired expressions regardless of the situations the characters find themselves in.

The plot is as follows; two aging police interrogators on the cusp of retirement, one of which played by Dogtooth‘s Christos Stergioglou, find themselves involved in a murder coverup, which, like any good murder coverup story involves large sums of money being owed, double-crosses, and the threat of being caught.

This might not be the best example I can give right now due to my writing this whilst in a hazy feverish flu induced state, but picture the antics of the Coen BrothersBurn After Reading.  Now substitute every actor’s highly emoted performance in that movie for one of monotone expressionless – a face you would find on a sloth perhaps.

In summation, the involving plot, its well framed and often symmetrical shots, its tone perfect score, along with a great deal of relentlessly monotonic acting make Unfair World a seriously enjoyable watch.

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

The Duplass brothers‘ latest comedy shows a side of sibling rivalry not often seen – the competitive I’m-going-to-destroy-you-in-every-event-of-our-private-25-event-olympics side.

As much as there are laugh-out-loud funny moments, and there are plenty, there are also touching ones, with the latter of the two emotions feeling even more prominent due to the non-existant blocking and free range the actors are given to perform in, thus giving the movie a roving documentary feel to it.  These filmmaking esthetics may not appeal to everyone, but for those, like myself, who can appreciate their craft we are rewarded with what in time will surely be considered an indie comedy classic.


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