As a Halloween anniversary special, our friends at Anime Ltd. are rescreening Satoshi Kon’s debut Perfect Blue after 20 years. The hyperreal anime deals with subjects usually reserved for live action. Kon utilises the added possibilities of animation for fantastical and visually complex sequences that blur time, memory and a sense of self to deeply challenge the viewer.
With the creator of the biting political satire hit “The Thick of It” in the director’s chair and a high calibre, international, all star cast, expectations are high for this film version of the French graphic novel of the same name.
A few years back, in 2002, there was a delightful French film called ‘Etre et Avoir’ about a one room school in rural France. The class was full of tiny children learning under a kindly teacher. It was funny and sweet. ‘School Life’ is not the equal of that movie. It is, however, interesting in its own way.
Like “6 Below” last week this is another of those true life stories of human endurance in solitude against the challenges of nature, where the viewer feels as though they have lived through every exhausting experience with the protagonist. This time though it is set in the tropical heat and humidity of the Amazonian jungle.
This is one of those “based on a true life story” films – this time a “human endurance against terrible odds” tale. Comparable in theme to “The Revenant” and “127 Hours”, the hero this time is Eric LeMargue, who gets lost in the frozen, snowbound wastes of the Sierra Nevada mountains for eight days.
After the death of one of their group, four young college friends go on a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, as a sort of tribute to the dear departed, who was a lover of the healthy, open air life. The ritual of the title is one they conduct there to honour his memory.