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SXSW: Loony Toon talks about SOLITUDE

Well folks, Harry here and when was the last time you heard from an animated birdie? Well this SXSW I've been hearing from the ink and paint feathered film fiend quite a bit, and today I saw him immediately as he left this theater and saw him exclaiming and being quite happy about a film he had just seen called SOLITUDE... but ... well here read for yourself... sounds good!

Howdy Headgeek.

The ol' Loony Toon back with more tasty helpings of SXSW. Todays little slice of wonderful is a marvelous film aptly titled Solitude.

This is where film-making is headed, ( I hope). This film is not about saving the world. It's not about making a righteous political or philisophocal statement. It's not about a damsel in distress, okay, it's kind of about a damsel in distress. This is a film about a monastery where people retreat from, well whatever it is that people retreat from. Society. Bills. Family. School. God.

And yet it seems that our characters while severed from the outside, they seem to be looking for....something. The three main characters are a philisophically driven monk who can't seem to get academia out of his head and just accept things on faith. His Lovely female couterpart the distressed Michelle, (played to absolute perfection by Vanessa Martinez), a 19 year old girl who wants to try on being a nun for a while, and the Woman who is the anchor for the girl and a great third wheel, mostly because even more so than the other two, she doesn't know what it is that shes looking for. This is not a traditional narrative. It is broken into vignettes, that are also not traditional narratives. The film is scientific in it's ambiguity. Each symbol is placed with care and preserved with breathtaking cinematography. The score is also great. There is not one. There is natural sound only. Wind in trees. Bugs humming through the summer air.

Church bells ringing. Children singing. Footsteps. Whispers. The pure ecstasy of a quiet moment. And these things are precisely what the film is about. Life is not about saving the world. It's not about making a statement.

Those things are done by groups. Life for you and me is about the little things. The small things. Cool breezes. Fresh grown tomatoes and raspberries. A conversation about handwriting. These tiny moments are among the best we have, and we miss them far too often. This movie is chock full of these precious moments. This movie makes me happy. All I need is the groud beneath my feet and the warmth of the sun on my face.

Loony Toon out.

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  • March 13, 2001, 3:35 a.m. CST


    by str8fromsd

    its more original than first

  • March 13, 2001, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by Kagero

    Ah, bliss. And I'm still a bitter old man. Someone shoot me.

  • March 14, 2001, 1:13 a.m. CST

    neat little movie

    by Studio Snitch

    SOLITUDE is a pretty neat little flick. It is a bit slow for the Bruckheimer crowd, but that's really the point. I won't use any spoilers, but the whole point of the movie is the idea of trying to find faith and happiness, and how the two interlock for a monk, a rebellious 19 yr. old girl, and a middle aged woman with implied relationship problems. Personally, I think this movie was very subtle, and well directed because it was so symbolic, and visaully stimulating. If you see it pay special attention to the use of characters waking in and out of shadow vis a vis their happiness, knowledge and faith (and how all relate), as well as the use of costume (footwear especailly). This isn't my normal kind of flick, and I wouldn't say it's overly entertaining (you really have to pay attention to the details to get the point of the movie, otherwise it would be too straightforward (what would prob. happen for a typical audience)), but it is well crafted, and avoids being overly preachy (no pun intended). I guess you could say it's thematically like NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, LOLITA, and THE APOSTLE rolled into one....but not as overt in its execution as these.