L’Appartment / The Double / Wrong Cops / Ballast / The Hunt / Cyrus / Mission To Lars

I’ll keep these brief as I don’t have the time to go through the backlog. Here’s what I’ve watched while I didn’t have the internet.

119) L’appartement (1996)

With a plot more tangled than a spider’s broken web, this French drama follows the romantic obsession of Max (Vincent Cassel), a young corporate hotshot who leaves his successful new world behind to search for his elusive lost love Lisa (Monica Bellucci).

8/10 – Clever French film, almost a sort of romantic thriller. Plenty of twists. Very enjoyable.

120) The Double (2013)

A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

9/10 – Brilliant piece of film, and despite all the ridiculous interpretations, it really isn’t that difficult to follow. Eerie and unsettling, less funny than expected, but above all it was a surreal trip and loved it.

121) Wrong Cops (2013)

A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.

4/10 – I like the weird world of Quentin Depieux, but Wrong Cops just didn’t do it for me.

122) Cyrus (2010)

A divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. Then he meets her son.

7/10 – Standard, funny yet predictable Duplass film, but elevated with a great cast.

123) Ballast (2008)

A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man’s suicide affects three people’s lives.

7/10 – Minimalist and subdued, this gritty indie film is not going to please everyone. I liked it, just clearly not as much as the critics did.

124) The Hunt (2013)

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

9/10 – Absolutely brilliant film. Cannot recommend this enough. It is no wonder that Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor at Cannes in 2012 for his portrayal of the teacher. A truly emotive performance and one that will stick with me for a while.

125) Mission to Lars (2012)

Kate and Will Spicer’s brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom’s dream is their promise. Together they went on a Mission to Lars.

7/10 – A worthwhile documentary, and a good insight into the challenges a family can face when someone has Fragile X Syndrome, or a similar condition.

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