The film is her recounting all this - using the old footage and new. I didn't connect with the Mila, so that didn't help. I also was around for many of the events - visited Amsterdam a few times while a student in Germany 1964-65, went to Monterrey Pop in 1967, then after Peace Corps Thailand spent ten days in Kathmandu. Mainly I was thinking, if I'm this boring no wonder my kids don't want to hear about all this.
I don't know that others agreed with my feelings.
We stuck our heads into George the Hedgehog, the feature length Polish animation which the AIFF website describes this way:
George is a skateboarding hedgehog who likes to drink beer and fondle women. However, he finds it difficult to pursue his passions when he's being tormented by neo-Nazi skinheads, mad scientist and the drooling, flatulent clone of himself.From the ten minutes I saw of it, I'm not sure why this didn't get into the competition among the animated films. It appeared to be a fairly potent social commentary in an uncouth South Park irreverence. This could have been one of the best films at the Festival, but maybe ten minutes is the perfect amount to watch. It plays again Saturday at 8:30pm at the Alaska Experience Theater.
|Amanda Jane begins Q&A as credits role|
My only problem was a personal one in which I'm clearly an outlier in terms of what people consider funny. I prefer self-deprecating humor or humor used by people who have no other way to stand up to the powerful. Here the biggest laughs seemed to be at people who were struggling as human beings, often in awkward sexual situations. I felt sympathy for them in their unsuccessful attempts to connect with their mates. One could counter argue that the audience was laughing at themselves as portrayed by the characters. Maybe I had too much exposure to what bullying looks like lately when Brent Scarpo was in town.
I was impressed with the solid acting - every character was, as an audience member said, spot on. The movie was well paced. This is certainly as good or better than a lot of the films that make money in the US these days. No one needs to be charitable to this film as a 'festival indie' film. It stands on its own merits as a well made AND entertaining movie. And it has great audience appeal. It has a good chance for an audience award. It's not listed as 'in competition.' I need to check on whether it was a special selection.
There probably should have been a warning not to bring the kids. It plays again Saturday at noon at Out North. You'll have fun with this one.