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Fast Five Review: A Lady in Paris (2012)

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Review by Virginia

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

The plot, directed by Ilmar Raag, is simple and engaging. Frida, played by Jeanne Moreau, is an aging Estonian grande dame living a privileged existence in Paris. The film is based around the life of the aging Frida and Anne (Laine Mägi) who moves from Tallinn to take up the challenging role of caring for Frida in Paris.

Frida projects bitterness towards her own lost youth and to all who try to help her, except a much younger ex-lover (Stephane). Frida’s contrary attitude increases when Anne, ‘Une Estonienne a Paris’, is employed by Stephane to care for her.

Anne is a great character and her life story is developed throughout the film.

3 “You would enjoy this film if…”

You enjoy understated charm and the wonderful backdrops of Paris. A real plus is the opportunity to listen to the French language spoken slowly.

4. “This film made me think…”

Of the honesty depicted by each character as the plot moved towards a predictable conclusion, but with unexpected twists.

5. Stars out of five?

3.5

Fast Five Review: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Reviewer – Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes. A solid movie with great humour and cast. Despite its relatively brief runtime of 94 minutes, I did feel that it dragged in places. But overall that didn’t matter too much.

2. Why/Why not?

Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of 12-year-olds Suzy and Sam, who become pen pals and hatch an elaborate plan to run away from home to be together, believing themselves in love. The idealism of camping out in the wilderness indefinitely was quaint and relatable for two children but also utterly ridiculous, so wondering if they could continue to evade their pursuers (a search party of parents, authorities and other randoms) kept me watching.
The cast included Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in quirky comedic roles, which I enjoyed.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

…you liked Little Miss Sunshine.
At times the atmosphere of the film reminded me of The Fantastic Mr Fox, which I then discovered was directed by the same person as Moonrise Kingdom; quirky storyline, use of miniaturised sets and an illustrative quality to some of the shots. I love all of that.

4. “This series made me think…”

…that I should watch Fantastic Mr Fox Again.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5 – good, but drags a little.

Fast Five Review: Tony Robinson’s Time Walks Series 1 (2012)

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Reviewer – Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

Yes. It took a couple of episodes to really get into the swing of things, but it was really quirky and entertaining.

2. Why/Why not?

I have some memories of watching Tales from Fat Tulip’s Garden as a kid, and Tony Robinson uses the same manic style of narration here while exploring of some of Australia’s cities, suburbs and towns. Passers-by get dragged into the picture, helping to tell the stories of what happened there in the past. At one point Robinson even ends up in a private home re-enacting a Victorian-era domestic dispute. He revels in the violent and salacious tales of early white settlement, and dredges up some more recent history as well, especially in Brisbane where he paints a colourful picture of the WWII years. Somehow even in Sydney and Melbourne he manages to mostly stay off the beaten track, revealing bizarre facts, dirty secrets and eccentric characters that even the locals might not know about.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You’re the kind of person who enjoys wandering the city on foot and peeking down all the side streets and laneways you can find.

4. “This series made me think…”

How much I’d love to visit Hobart again and explore it some more.

5. Stars out of five?

4.