Film Movement – Year 12 Film 5: Diane Kurys’ “For a Woman” featuring Sylvain Bressollette’s “Le ballon de rouge”

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Forget about the film featured on the front packaging (my apologies to Diane Kury and her well intended romantic/quasi-mysterious For a Woman), but let’s face it, the real gem of this Film Movement DVD lies in the excellent bonus feature, Sylvain Bressollette‘s short film ‘Le ballon de rouge‘.

video_2_1337854182Prior to seeing this I thought Pixar’s Up (2009) was the best example of effectively capturing a couple’s entire lifetime in such a short amount of time, yet here the possibilities of an entire life become fully realized in just 20 minutes. Astonishing! The ability of pulling off such a feat, in where an audience member can become so emotionally invested in a fictional relationship in such a short amount of time, is nothing to scoff at. In order to do this it takes a confident director and a team of filmmakers who value the importance of understated meticulous details as much as they do the knowledge to not indulge excessively in their craft.

Throughout the film there were many times where the age-old trap of focusing too much on style rather than substance could have hampered the film, such as the scene in where Edward Hopper’s well known Nighthawks painting (you know, the one with the well-lit corner diner) comes to life. Yes, referencing this famous painting in movies is not new, but the utilization of it here really stood out as something special.

There really isn’t too much more to say about this film – after all, it is a short, and one can only indulge so much before they ruin the reader’s experience of seeing it for themselves – however I will add this; Hopeless romantics will no doubt fall in love with this one, and because it is only twenty minutes they can, and will (as I have), watch it multiple times.

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