euroFILMfest

Vis-à-vis

Director: Nevio Marasović

 

Thursday, November 27, 9pm,

395 Wellington, National Archives

29th European Union Film Festival

 

A film about a filmmaker’s life, which revolves around his making of a film about his life. Whew. Vis-à-vis is not as complicated as all that, in fact it is quite simple, straightforward, easily digestible, and full of just enough humorous quirks for a pleasant viewing experience.

 

As the title suggests, this is a face-to-face film, with one-on-one conversations dominating the plot. We have our struggling director facing off with a studio head, his lead actor [who would play him], and his other lead actor [who would play his father]. There is no one else. No one else is needed. This is a closed universe, where nothing but the film matters, because the film is not just about life, but it is life. Or maybe it’s just a buddy-buddy-buddy story told through conversations.

 

Whatever the case, Vis-à-vis explores some heavy subjects without getting all heavy about them. Sometimes presentation is enough.

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