It’s summer in Tanger. A family gets together three days for the funeral of the father. Since this is a muslim family, traditions must be respected. No more skirts, bathing suits or dresses. At least for three days. It is the conflict between the modern and the traditional, the orthodox and the progressive. The deceased portrayed by Omar Sharif was a lady’s man with a few well-kept secrets. Some of those secrets will be disclosed during those three days in a mix of emotions, going between laughter, tears and hysteria. Sharif who appears as a ghost during the movie is in top form in this role of a not so wise man who dispense views and advises to his family. Sharif is the strength of the film, a film with weaknesses. Dialogues with no bite, stereotypes, and a lack of rigidity that prevents the movie to go deeper, to explore the different conflicts. It ends up being some kind of farce, a semi-emancipation exercise for the emancipation of muslim women that could have gone further, that could have been better.
Rock the casbah
Enemy is a psychological thriller, the latest film of Quebec filmmaker Demis Villeneuve, the second cooperation between Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal. On the first degree it’s the story of a man who meets his double. Metaphorically it is also an analysis of his subconscious. Enemy is not a conventional story, it is an enigma, a film that challenges the audience’s intellect. This movie was also a technologic challenge, having an actor play his double and making it believable. Mission accomplished for Villeneuve and his crew. Also to mention strong interpretations by Sarah Gadon and Mélanie Laurent, the two loves of Gyllenhaal and his dual roles. And let’s not forget the performance of Isabella Rosselini as Gylenhaal bossy mother. The movie is a brilliant thriller shot in Toronto with a very grim photography that will remind you of Lynch, Kubrick and Cronenberg. A great follow-up to Prisoners.