Listen: Director, Dr Solana Laura Smet, Michel Legrand discussed on Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
"It wasn't one of those that you the best director have looking up and you get the idea that these big expressionist crazy angles that he can have to the birth of cinema. And he wanted to Shakespeare everything when he's dealing with these mighty figures, kings and gestures, and crumbling castles, and all this stuff that kind of amazing. Awestruck upturn camera angle. You start to see the world wells in way. That's one film. It can get to your skin for me in a way that a normal documentary camp do to. I I, I am be calling. Never been more wrong than we are. Okay. Our next film today, the guardian, yes. Okay. Let's go find my new book for this new film from both while who's a French director of gods and men, which was back in two thousand ten. The story of Trump monks in this monitoring Algieria and this is very much a story of another isolated community working against this backdrop of war. In this case, it's Francis Lund girls during the first World War, the women who are left behind to run the farms while all the men folk were off on the on the front fighting fighting the enemy is based on a novel from nineteen twenty four by Ernest para shown setting the Limousin region of central France, which is very intensely rural area. We're all going on is farming. The begins in nineteen fifteen with his twenty year old orphan called Francine who's played by this actress. It never be on screen for east Bri who arrives farm owned by this widow, autonomous his by Nazi by. And she's ready to work on a twelve month contract at first to keep things taking over in the absence of of the men who are new. No longer to run things. Now the film is about the lives of these. Women also are Dr Solana Laura Smet who is the real life daughters, the family resemblance working very well. There. It's also about the turn of the seasons around them and the way in which times of marches on even when nothing is happening, the landscape Erie half-deserted look, kind of in the same way that the old folks whom does in distant constellations which we talked about earlier. This all is not right because there are half the number of people around that. There should be an later in the film when you have the American GI's kind of drifting in other influences the life progresses tragedy, this betrayal, but there's a sense that this story is running in parallel with the greater story of the land and the film really coherently makes these stories mesh beautifully. This is something else production for BBC, radio, five, live and rubber your movie of the week is the eyes of our are. Okay. Wow. Thanks for listening salmon. Remember them will be back next week with special guest interest Elba what we run out of time on the show. But Robbie, we are in the middle of discussing the guardians, yes, right. So the I think the best way to describe what the flavor of this film is. A film a few weeks ago called I reformed by pulse radar pulsating someone who wrote taxi driver, he's kind of been. He was. He was part of the edge of that like psychological realism. Nine hundred seventy s author driven new Hollywood stuff, but traders written about this star filming called transcendental style, which is the opposite of the taxi driver stuff where you have minimal camera movement, incredibly subtle performances and new obvious emotional guidance from editing or music. So basically it's the kind of filmmaking that speaks for itself. That's totally the southville making that booth was walking in the guardians. There's not much music in this film at all, but when it crops up this beautiful score by Michel Legrand French composers more than you did the musicals for example, in just one of my favorite films of all time. But he comes in with these beautiful kind of flute, red, flute, lead pastorale pieces which crop up of transitional moments in the story line. Generally, the story is left to speak for itself is also brilliant use of traditional folk songs while people singing the Mark people singing other emotional junctures all within the reality of the film. I think if it feels like an excellent film to leave the summer on because it's a tutto pallet cleanser in just basically letting this this time and place going to blue through an experience.."