Ends the Cannes film festival. I wanted to see everything, but often limited to only a competitive program. Now from almost two dozen films of the hard to have to choose the best. Before reviewers with a dilemma: to assess the competitive review or write about the best films of the festival? To include a parallel program, to give preference to cinematic discoveries or to follow the chronology of shows? Today all guess who will win and thus go down in history, but critics do not always coincide with the opinion of the jury. And now we write about two pictures, one of them — “Capernaum” Nadine Lightweight, I feel, would win the Palme d’or. Yes, and another “Cold war” Paul Pawlikowska — not an outsider. Let’s see the wait is long.
1949, post-war Poland. The Communist leadership quickly realized that in newness of the country, where in the red corner, portraits of Lenin and Stalin, we have to go to the Soviet channel. As in Russia, where the main cultural product for export was “folk art”, the poles create their own song and dance ensemble to perform at government events, not only at home but also abroad. The casting is extremely harsh, the days of hunger, applicants searched all the villages. Newly minted artistic Director of the ensemble, the pianist and conductor Victor (Tomasz kot) directly into the listening first sight falls in love with the stubborn singer of the song “Heart” Isaac Dunaevsky. “Don’t want peace”, and young Zula (Joanna of Swarms), the relationship between conductor and singer quickly adjusted. In a short time the team gets fame, he was successful in his homeland, and then in the countries of the Warsaw Pact.
as rapidly developing relations between the characters. Three years later, we are already seeing Zulu prettier soloist, in a moment of tenderness promising Victor love to the grave. His promise, I must admit, the girl will perform. And yet, immediately after Stalin’s death, the founder of the ensemble during the Berlin tour heading West. Inventing some vague excuse, say, what am I gonna do, I only know how to sing Polish folk songs, the Zula, which Victor I beg you to run off together, flatly refuses. And here is our pianist already lives in Paris, plays in a jazz café. Several years pass, the cold war is in full swing, and raging not only in politics but also in the hearts of heroes.
unable to cope with the feelings, caressed by the Polish authorities prima throws everything and emigrate to the West — she fictitiously married a Sicilian. The couple re-connects. For a couple of decades, during which we observe the characters, they go through several circles of hell, break up, come together, live freely, release an album of songs, then sacrifice this freedom, they are dying, fleeing, crossed by personal beliefs compromise his dignity dancer, to once again save her beloved, is married to an influential government official and even bears him a child, and so on.
the Story tells of how, having every reason to be together and to live long and relatively happy, talented people, transformed by the spirit of totalitarianism in complete neurotics, not only did not dare to protest, and recognized personal suffering the norm and voluntarily agreed to it. When the internal stress finally drives the lovers to a standstill — the only thing that can bring relief, it becomes an escape from reality. Pawlikowski has dedicated the film to his parents that explains not so much the strangeness of his characters — in the film they were looking for each other our whole lives, although they had not been separated, what a surprise ending. Life is braver than any fantasy writers, because we know that the father and mother of the author behaved in a similar way.
“Cold war” deliberately shot as homage to the cinema of the postwar era. Although not a classic “daddy’s cinema”, but also avant-garde him not to call. The Director works in a recognizable manner, giving preference, as in the Oscar-winning “IDA”, monochrome photography, slyly giving any modern film affectation. But the Director manages to avoid pathos: in fact before us a musical where almost every major scene is accompanied by a musical number, a parody sometimes, if we are talking about semi-official ensemble, sometimes downright postmodern, when Zula is in Paris, she begins to sing Polish folk songs in jazz arrangement in French is one of the most stylish scenes of the picture, directly referring to the aesthetics of “Casablanca”. Strong side movie Pawlikowska in this entertaining combination of conditional and gloom, though, and takes him out of the orbit of commercial spectacle, but allows you to receive international awards and the Oscars.
“You know you’re a monster?” — throws if the twelve-, or thirteen-year-old Zane (Zane al Raffee) to my mother when she comes to visit him in prison. No one knows how much is actually the boy, his poor parents did not buy a birth certificate, and it costs $ 150, too expensive. In the receiver, the child came after he wanted to kill the unemployed, the beggar, the father literally sold as a thing, his beloved little sister, eleven years old Sohar — married as soon as she started her period. In desperation, he flees from his native bug to get into the other, does not abandon his Ethiopian refugee Rachel, which also has no passport. But in the hands of one born of some rapist year-old toddler who can now leave for a couple of hours on poor Zane, to go in search of work. To solve the problem with money Rachel can help “good people”, is only to give the baby — say in a new family, but there is a suspicion that just the bodies.
the Ordeal poor Zane, especially when dark-skinned Rachel gets distributed in to the deportee and her baby left without a mother, and therefore her breast milk is almost all the timing and basis of the plot. Director Nadine Lightweight five years preparing for the filming, then six months, shot 500 hours of material and made a creative feat in “Capernaum” children do not play, and live. It is difficult to imagine how the Director manage this: if the teenager is still possible to divert from the camera, and to make him forget about the crew, how the same thing could be done with the baby, who really can’t walk, and utters only inarticulate sounds, — a mystery.
meanwhile, the kids here — complete the main characters, and although they are placed in a natural environment, most of the scenes are staged, besides, it is clear that not filmed in one take. For all that, we face a very sophisticated from a visual point of view, it is absolutely Mature and in any case not a children’s movie. Because Beirut is shown from the inside, it is clear that this huge trash in poor neighborhoods, where people swarmed like insects. They called at trial, father Zane, of course, like any lumpen is precisely this argument, saying that you made us insects, we sell some children to survive. Yes, visually Beirut looks like a biotope terrarium, despite the fact that the dirt here is not estetiziruetsya, and lives and breathes, and is perceived literally oozes from the screen.
However, the pathos of this film is not limited to the usual argument, otherwise, had nothing to say — he’d be just another slur on the subject of suffering of the underprivileged of the third world. The lightweight touches on the aspect that because of extreme politically incorrect, it is customary to sweep under the rug. Of the detention facility Zane accidentally dials live popular television show which answers the question of the leader of his most cherished desire. “I would like to judge your parents,” the same answer to the question of the judge. “I wish they were forbidden to have children, to such poor as my parents could no longer reproduce,” Zane suggests that still divides society, forcing advocates of absolute every right to remember the word “fascism”. At the same time the problem is pushed even in the darkest corner of mass consciousness, is not going away. It has no simple and unique solution, the film makes another Lightweight, and aesthetically very powerful step towards her light. And even if not the main prize, our respect — he assured.