Chronicle of a Summer
The film begins with a discussion between Rouch and Morin on whether or not it is possible to act sincerely in front of a camera. A cast of real life individuals are then introduced and are led by the filmmakers to discuss topics on the themes of French society and happiness in the working class.
- Stars:Angelo, Régis Debray, Jacques, Jean-Pierre, Landry, Marceline Loridan Ivens, Edgar Morin, Marilù Parolini, Jean Rouch, Sophie,
- Director:Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch,
Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Chronicle of a Summer torrent reviews
(de) wrote: Very boring, with a weak script and absolutely predictable narrative, Hercules is a waste of money and this movie doesn't bring anything new to us. Dialogue similar to another movies of this genre wich only turn the movie more tiring and repetitive.
(us) wrote: very disturbing - the cinematography evoked the mood of the film extremely well - to the point that it was almost its own character. the film's minimalist approach spoke volumes about the setting of the film (communist romania). the film itself was confusing at first, but engaging, because the audience had to work to decipher the film's subtleties. the only thing i didn't understand was why the protagonist sacrificed so much for her friend, especially when her friend was so unappreciative - i would have liked to know more about the relationship of the two friends, just so that the protagonist's efforts would feel more justified, but i guess leaving it ambiguous has it's own merits.
(de) wrote: This is a great movie and I like i more than I thought I would before seeing it!
(ag) wrote: Poor all the way through, but it still works
(jp) wrote: "Playing By Heart" is Robert Altman lite, talky, ensemble-driven fare where comedy and romance come easily but not necessarily believably, warmly but not always invitingly. It's faux deep and desperate to be insightful regarding the pains of modern love. The movie is more of an exercise than it is a film, a chance for its sophisticated actors to exchange witty bits and pieces of dialogue and for writer/director Willard Carroll to microphone his talents as someone with an ear for rich, almost musical conversation. It's minor, sure. But it's attractive and easy to engage with, good until rugs are pulled out from under each promising storyline in favor of cringeworthy sentimentality. And considering how many storylines characterize the film, such a factor is displeasing; "Playing By Heart" is delightful before the time comes to wrap things up. Then and there do we have to decide if its last few moments are going to take away from the joys coming previously. In the film, interweaving tales of love in Los Angeles tangle, all well-acted (the cast is scrumptiously starry) but differing in terms of success. Couples range from young to old, happy to depressed, content to empty (but mostly empty) - the most resonant narrative follows Joan (Angelina Jolie) and Keenan (Ryan Phillippe), young club-hoppers who carry loneliness they downplay; Joan is a quirky flibbertigibbet, Keenan a secretive loner. They need each other, the former realizing it much more than her object of affection. Another focuses on Hannah (Gena Rowlands) and Paul (Sean Connery), an old married couple approaching their fortieth wedding anniversary and marital trouble. Paul confesses to have had an affair during the middle years of the union, though he assures his wife that his love for her grew stronger because of it. Right. More of the film, in the meantime, is spent with characters in underdeveloped, or, at worst, uninteresting storylines, those involving couples played by Gillian Anderson and Jon Stewart (in which a burgeoning romance is burdened by irritating distrust on the former's part), and Madeleine Stowe and Anthony Edwards (where parties to an affair begin to reflect on their realities). A particular character (Dennis Quaid), whose relation to these people is revealed later, goes from bar to bar pretending he's someone he isn't; a touching detour revolves around a mother (Ellen Burstyn) dealing with the final days of her AIDS afflicted son (Jay Mohr). How the individuals of "Playing By Heart" are ultimately associated is ingenious enough for us to want to hit ourselves for not guessing the connections earlier. So it's too bad that facts are revealed a while after most of the storylines have defined themselves as being love stories unafraid to climax in made-for-TV predictability. Carroll spends so much time flashing his writing talents that we expect that this is going to be something akin to a minor Woody Allen classic - why he takes the romance novel way out results in a head-scratch edged out with a little bit of blood. This could have been a subversive romantic comedy classic had he trusted his talents more. He's got the actors to prove it. The cast is unbelievably noteworthy, Angelina Jolie standing out in particular as a twenty-something with a personality so divine and smart you'd swear her character were based on an old flame of Carroll. Bluntly, Joan is the only portion of "Playing By Heart" that doesn't feel playfully phony, Jolie delivering her director's slippery dialogue as if someone would really speak like a Broadway oddity. Why Joan so quickly falls in love with the mostly personality-less Keenan is baffling. She could have had a film all to herself. But as "Playing By Heart" is like "Magnolia" era Paul Thomas Anderson minus the heaviness, the cast is integral, and, here, are well-suited for this sort of material (playing similarly to likable Off-Broadway). They don't disappoint - the film's faults move in the direction of Carroll, who shows compelling talent but isn't as sure of himself as we are of him. "Playing By Heart" is not anything besides breezy, bubbling entertainment with a taste for the saccharine. Whether you're sold by it is up to you.
(br) wrote: 9 HEADS: I would not say this movie is bad but I would not say it is good I would however go see it if they made another one a second one I would try out for the 9th head...
(fr) wrote: Tasteless, tacky, incoherent pastiche of archetypes and stock characters in an unfocused melodrama. The worst film of Almodovar's storied career.
(au) wrote: A somewhat bloodier retread of the excellent 1986 film, Stepfather II sees Terry O'Quinn reprising his role as the family-centered killer. The stepfather kills his way out of his mental hospital to set up in another generic American suburb, in search of the generic American dream. He poses as a psychiatrist, helping neighborhood ladies going through divorces and marital dischord. He, of course, finds a new victim family and begins working his way in to become the new stepfather. Though this sequel adds very little in the way of new ideas, it hits on the winning formula of part one - namely O'Quinn's performance as the likable psychopath. The kills are more savage and lead to a somewhat overly dramatic climax.
(ag) wrote: Spike doing what he do!
(jp) wrote: Brjar lite trigt, men utvecklas till en enormt spnnande (och vldigt brutal) film om illegala mexikanska lantarbetare i USA.
(gb) wrote: Maybe, if someone has it on...