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Review – Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – dir. David O. Russell

This years Film Independent Forum 2012 (FIND Forum) opened with David O. Russell’s quirky love story, ” Silver Linings Playbook “. The film stars Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Wedding Crashers, A-team) and Jennifer Lawrence (X-men, and the Hunger Games). Cooper is a recently released patient from a mental facility where he was serving a 10 month stay on a plea bargain for assaulting a colleague after catching he and his wife engaged in scandal. Determined to win her back he enlists the help of his best friend’s wife’s sister, played by Lawrence. She agrees help out in order to get closer to Cooper. Both stars play semi unbalanced characters very convincingly and the direction is top notch. Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker both play supporting roles adding a nice comedic touch. I can honestly say: I’m not really into romantic comedies, but if you see one this holiday season; make it Silver Linings Playbook. It’s scheduled to be released November 21st 2012.


Review – The Skin I Live In (2011) – dir. Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In (2011)
2011 Sony Pictures Classics

During the Cannes Film Festival, if you miss one of the red carpet premiers all is not lost. They replay all films that appear in the main competition at alternate venues on the final Sunday of the festival. I had the pleasure of seeing Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I live In starring Antonio Banderas at one such venue.

At the risk of giving too much away, The Skin I Live In is the story of a brilliant plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Banderas) who has developed a new type of synthetic skin impervious to damage. The new skin doesn’t burn, it prevents mosquito bites and can be used in skin grafts for burn victims. His invention is a true medical breakthrough. Apon announcing his findings to the medical community, Ledgard’s colleagues plague him with accusations regarding the nature of his tests and things are further complicated through a link between his work in progress and a personal tragedy. Parallel roads cross paths when Ledgard stumbles across a botched burglary and he is forced to take action.

It should be known that my vagueness above is deliberate. The Skin I live In is a wonderfully complex tale, and unfortunately such a short description doesn’t do it justice. My goal was to avoid spoilers as best as possible. Hopefully my review will peak your interest and act as encouragement to see this film for yourself. If it’s not already understood, I think it was great and highly recommend it. It’s not often a film has such a lasting effect.

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