TIFF Day 5: Our Day Will Come & Jucy
OUR DAY WILL COME
3:30pm, Scotiabank Theatres.
What can I say about ‘Our Day Will Come’? It was an unexpected delight to have Colin Geddes (the infamous Midnight Madness program director) introduce the movie, whom is apparently a redhead, I guess. Seeing it in the middle of the afternoon, with a group of middle aged and elderly (possibly French) moviegoers, was an experience in and of itself. Definitely the wrong crowd. In fact, we saw a couple of people walk out, even!
While the movie is pretty intense and messed up, it’s essentially the story of two redhead outcasts and their journey through northern France, so I guess you could call it a road trip movie. If you want to see characters have random and intense emotional mood swings and engage in seriously deviant behavior, then you’d like it. While there’s a threadbare plot, its not without interest and intrigue – and Boobs and Vincent Cassel wang, and the brief but creepy presence of a young, possibly mute, redhead girl – who has become my favorite character.
(Colin, Romain Gavras & Olivier Barthelemy [and his interpreter because he's HARDCORE FRENCH])
I can’t say whether I liked it for sure or not, but I can definitely say that I think the Director is unqiue, crazy and hilarious, and I like him. Sadly, Vincent was busy doing press or something for Black Swan so he missed the screening and Q&A (but sent his love along to me and Ahli, specifically). Which is typical of my TIFF experience in regards to him (he’s such a Big Shot, he never shows up!). Which is probably for the best, else he would get molested by my eyes.
8:45pm, AMC Theatres.
Jucy was exactly the movie I thought it would be except, thank god, it was less about boys than I feared.
In fact, I was really worried that this film would be A sappy romcom under the guise of a girl-power-chick-flick, and would unfortunately carry my most hated of all ‘Happy Endings’ wherein our heroine realizes that she needs True Love (in the form of Marriage) to be Happy, but manages to fit her BFF in her life too, hooray for all! But it’s not.
What it is, is actually a fair portrayal of a typical mid-twenties life crisis as seen though the lives of two female BFFs. They’re both yearning for something more in their lives, trying to prove to the world that their apparent co-dependence is not a hindrance. Jacky, a video store manager wants to get A Boy (ok I didn’t say there wasn’t some romcom elements), and Lucy who also works at the store, wants a Proper Job. While this is great for plot development, and theoretical character motivation, it’s obvious that the real issues are Jacky’s coping with mental illness (and properly medicating herself for it) and Lucy’s body image, and struggle with being overweight, with a dash of familial issues for the both of them. The movie does a good job of trying to juggle having two fully main characters, but slightly falls short.
I found the balance between selfishness and interdependence, the laugher and the fights, the distance and the closeness of the two women portrayed in this film was a more accurate depiction of real friendships than I’ve seen in a while on screen, and entertaining to watch. I snapped a pic or two, but couldn’t stick around for the Q&A coz I had to catch the train home.
See all my pictures from today at my TIFF ’10 Day 5 Photo Set on Flickr.