Monday, 21 June 2010
"Dans la tête" Gregory Damour, Maxime Entringer, Anthony Gilles & Allan Sellier (2008 ESMA)
From Ecole supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, Montpellier (ESMA) comes a mix of the sad and the funny, Dans la tête (Snotr). Gregory Damour, Maxime Entringer, Anthony Gilles and Allan Sellier commence their 2008 film with Antoine Bertrand narrating as he presents illustrated images from his life, introducing his girlfriend, Anna, at the moment she lost her boyfriend to the army, standing in formation with his military comrades, "and here… well … It’s the day I die" complete with blood-splattered screen. A download is available from DeK’s indispensable No Fat Clips, a source of movies I have, for no reason that I can think of, not visited for some time. DeK provided the trigger although in fact I had seen the film over a year ago, meaning to write about it but being distracted as is my wont. Strange, as it is a marvellous film. Being told that a character is already dead has a curious effect, the survival of the character not being in doubt there is a danger the whole affair becomes too maudlin to bear. Not here. The team tread a careful line beyond the shocking moment when Antoine is shot in the head, an attempted entry through the pearly gates and the moment of sheer hilarity when the returning soldier’s deliberate attempt to court disaster goes wrong, an error that is repeated in slick and accumulated comic fashion. Good premise too: you have to have a camera in your head to record your moment of demise. Difficult when your head is blown off umpteen times. Smooth CG and a comedy with laugh aloud moments- after the first dramatic moments at least.