2003.05.27

“Love - such a little word for such a big thing!”

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Kicked off my SIFF experience this year with Doing Time, a Japanese film which just may be the most adorable prison film ever. Okay, maybe the only adorable prison film ever. Imagine Shall We Dance? populated with convicts, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki (Goro in Tampopo) as an eccentric among many, and you kind of get the idea… against all expectations, it’s contemplative, funny and heartwarming at the same time.

Madame Satã,, from Brazil, was something bleaker, at times brutally hard to watch but scattered with moments of tenderness and hope. A bit of a misnomer, it chronicles the desperate and sometimes violent early days before João Francisco dos Santos became Satã, and as such features far more in the way of grit than glam. Still processing the film, which only ended an hour ago — however, sure things include Lãzaro Ramos’s powerful performance as the titular lead and a killer soundtrack, which I may have to locate post-haste.



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