Friday, January 02, 2009


I didn't expect much from this movie, and it wallowed in the drawer where the Netflix go for a month and change, but when we did watch it, it was a pleasant surprise.  The Tilda Swinton-looking woman, who turns out to be one of the directors, locks herself in a freezer overnight, and her borg-like family fails to notice.  She becomes obsessed -- like Richard Dreyfus with mashed potatoes -- with icebergs and cold stuff, so she strikes out for the north.  Hilarious hijinx ensue. 

The sensibility is equal parts Jacques Tati and Aki Kaurismaki.  Great physical comedy, spare settings and dialogue.  It's well worth renting.  I may check out more of the flicks this Fiona Gordon has made with with Dominique Abel, who plays her husband.  From the looks of it, they are a rare pare of talents.

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