Every thing will be fine

Every thing will be fine is the latest film by German director Wim Wenders, and it is notable for its peculiarity. It’s peculiar because there is not really a point or a sence of what Wenders wants us to see, to comprehend. What does it mean? The story is simple: The main character is Tomas (James Franco) a young author. Driving his car on a Quebec country road during a snow storm, Tomas has an accident. At first he is relieved to find that 5 years-old Christopher is uninjured, and he walks the boy to his house. That’s when he meets the boy’s mother, Kate (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and he learns that the dead body of Christopher’s younger brother is under the car. The film explores the impact the accident has on Tomas over the next 12 years. After going through depression, a suicide attempt and the break up with his girlfriend, Sara (Rachel McAdams), life gets better for Tomas. The writer’s block that hampered him is over, and it seems that the tragedy has inspired his writing. He becomes a successful writer and falls in love with Ann (Marie-Josée Croze). Still, Tomas feels the need to go back to that traumatic country road and reconnect with Kate. Later, it’s Christopher, now a teenager (Robert Naylor) who wants to meet Tomas. It is impossible to categorized Every thing will be fine. You could say it is a psychological thriller, but that is not entirely true. Wenders uses some of Hitchcock’s techniques, like the subjective point of views. There is a beautifully shot phone conversation between Tomas and Kate. Through editing, fade in and fade out effects, they seem to be in the same room. There is suspense, scary and intriguing moments. Franco is very good, but Gainsbourg annoyed me with her tendency to whisper every lines and as a result make them inaudible. But this is not about acting, but about how we cope or how we don’t. And how time heals.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Every thing will be fine

Directed by:
Wim Wenders

Screenplay by:
Bjørn Olaf Johannessen

Starring:
James Franco
Rachel McAdams
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Marie-Josée Croze
Robert Naylor
Patrick Bauchau

119 min.

 

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The salt of the earth

The salt of the earth is a documentary-portrait of Sebastião Salgado’s many years spent traveling the globe. Partly directed by his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, who followed his father on some of his trips. Later, German director Wim Wenders interviewed Sebastião. Stunningly, Sebastião was an economist before he switched his career to photojournalism in 1973. With him and his son we meet tribes like the Yali people of New Guinea, where the men have what looks like a bamboo extending the penis. Or the Zo’e of the Brazilian Amazonia, who have wooden plugs piercing their bottom lips. He also goes to the Arctic to take photos of walruses. But most of the photos are of displaced populations. Troubling pictures of children dying of starvation. The Rwandan and Congolese genocides, and others. Sebastião Salgado’s photos are breathtaking. They show us a world we have all heard exists, through the news, but now we have no choice than to face the truth of “man’s inhumanity to man”. Photos (all in black and white) about workers around the world, including beautiful shots of the workers of the Serra Pelada gold mine, and a series of photos called Genesis is a showcase of his talent and his humanity. Now, with his wife, Leila, he has worked on the restoration of a small part of the Atlantic forest in Brazil, and have created Instituto Terra (http://www.institutoterra.org/eng/#.VTm3wmdFBok), dedicated to reforestation, conservation and environmental education.

And the Oscar went to… The salt of the earth was nominated as Documentary feature, along with Finding Vivian Maier, about another photographer. Both films lost to CitizenFour, a documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

The salt of the earth

Directed by:
Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
and Wim Wenders
Screenplay by:
Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Wim Wenders
David Rosier
Camille Delafon
110 min.
Rated Parental Guidance
In French, English,
and Portuguese
with English subtitles.