‘Avatar’ and ‘Argentina 1985’, two opposite bets for the weekend


The cinema does extraordinary things every now and then. Things that make you think, but also entertain

If our politicians take another month like the September that ends, they end up paying us instead of paying taxes. That would be handy for going to the cinema to see some of today’s releases, including an (unnecessary) revival.

The cinema does extraordinary things every now and then. Things that make you think, but also entertain you. Films with an iron script, actors in a state of grace, directors in master mode and stories with power. All this happens in the acclaimed ‘Argentina 1985’. What counts is known to all of us who know who Naranjito is. Following that country’s horrific military dictatorship, a courageous prosecutor, Julio Strassera, has been able to bring to justice the perpetrators of thousands of murders and disappearances.

The responsible is the director Santiago Miter, who has made his best feature film. It’s not just the trial that counts, but how he got there despite all the obstacles, surrounded by brave young lawyers who, like ‘Elliot Ness’s Untouchables’, knew how to do justice. The confrontation with the collective desire to sweep trash under the carpet is like that of the Germans with their Nazi past in the highly recommended The Conspiracy of Silence (2014), and the moral doubts and ethical pulse are reminiscent of the imperishable ‘Vencedores y vanquished’ (1961). A beautiful work of tension, a journey into what is dark and brilliant in man. The main character, Ricardo Darín, deserves at least seven Oscars.

With the overrated and hypertrophic ‘Avatar’ it happens to me just like the Italian democracy, I have never understood its success. So its revival in 3D version doesn’t excite me. I suppose this fatality is necessary to prepare the landing of a sequel that I have as much left as the first, but will try to be the highest yielder again.

It’s basically a futuristic western of cowboys and Native Americans fighting for the conquest of an interplanetary West. The good Indians turned into giant Smurfs and the cowboys turned into technological and evil miners. I will not see, what shame I spent the other time with the scene of the sacred tree. I don’t charge a hazard bonus.

‘Money Heist’ introduced the world to The Professor, played by the sober Álvaro Morte, the absolute protagonist of the thriller ‘Objects’. Here he plays a taciturn character, rather misanthropic, who runs an unlikely lost property office and is dedicated to investigating them. An accidental discovery will prompt him to start a number of investigations that will become more complicated. It all sounds familiar, but at least the ending brings something different, meaning we can’t just bring it back to the lost and found office (sorry for the easy pun).

The movie ‘Wild Girl’ is actually the actress who plays that girl, the brilliant unknown Daisy Edgar-Jones. Everything else isn’t that over, but it’s out of order. Therefore, the chronicle of this girl who grew up in the swamps of the United States in the 1950s and was involved in a process, can be seen with a certain decorum. The portrait of this marginalized by nature and society has a dreamy touch due to the careful photography.

Lovers of scratching the armrests of the chairs and hiding their heads in every fright are in luck. There will be a horror movie, ‘Smile’, which will please the fans of the genre. After a traumatic experience, a psychiatrist enters a spiral of fear. The other touch is what we already saw in the Joker: a smile can be terrifying (you only have to look at Berlusconi), and in this film there are more fake smiles than in an election campaign.

To conclude, we get intense with a French film titled ‘Fire’. An ex breaks into his former partner’s new relationship and turns everything upside down. Juliette Binoche and Vicent Lindon are part of this triangle in which, à la Madame Bovary, her selfish desire predominates, leading to her own destruction and that of others. For me, a wonderfully sung bolero by Ana Belén said the best: ‘Entre dos amores’.

Off-camera, I warn you that “La fiesta del cine” returns next week. A good way for theaters to bring back those viewers who have become more elusive than a Russian recruit. From Monday to Thursday we go to the cinema for 3.50 euros. Take advantage of it (note me once).

Have a week, and an October, cinema.

Source: La Verdad


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