Conte de printemps
Cinematography by Luc Pagès
Editing by María Luisa García
Starring Anne Teyssèdre and Florence Darel
That sense of satisfaction we feel is the cinematic equivalent of a great painting, symphony, or novel. Its taste lingers long and subtly long after the viewing, and by "its taste", I refer to the thoughts and emotions that it conjures. The title translates from French to "Spring Story".
I Hired a Contract Killer
by Aki Kaurismäki
Story by Aki Kaurismäki and Peter von Bagh
Cinematography by Timo Salminen
Production design by John Ebden
Art direction by Mark Lavis
Costumes by Simon Murray
Music and supporting role by Joe Strummer
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud
Léaud brings to our minds the many French movies he's starred in, and then, when the English-language dialogue begins, we have almost completely forgotten whose movie we are watching. That it's the work of Finnish director Kaurismäki is surprising, and keeps us focused wholly on the unpredictable story-line, the bleak visuals and cartoon-like characters, rather than on deciding where this one falls in the spectrum of the director's filmography. The movie is a treat, and Leaud's tremendous talent seems right at home within Kaurismaki's funny world.
One thing that is usual with Kaurismäki-movies, a shockingly good soundtrack, is also the case with this one, with the bonus that this one also includes a live Joe Strummer performance or two.