June 1, 2008
SXSW and Cannes. The Pleasure of Being Robbed.When Josh Safdie's The Pleasure of Being Robbed premiered at SXSW, David Lowery wrote at the SpoutBlog, "What a lark this film is, what a caustic joy!" The film closed this year's Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. "From the opening scene, which follows starlet Eleonore Hendricks as she pulls a creative purse heist on a New York City street, it is immediately clear that The Pleasure of Being Robbed is the work of an individual who has grown up watching great movies and has incorporated those influences into his own unique vision," wrote Michael Tully in March at Hammer to Nail. "But most importantly, unlike so many other young filmmakers - and lesser filmmakers in general - Safdie never succumbs to his influences. The Pleasure of Being Robbed is a refreshing and original work, which manages to stay grounded in the emotions of the real world while somehow floating above reality with a magical and ethereal air." Updated through 6/2. "Most of the film is just too precious in its depiction of this messed-up pixie, particularly an extended scene in which the director appears, himself, as another strange, quirky sort," writes Anthony Kaufman at indieWIRE. "If it weren't for an unexpected daydream sequence late in the film, I would have written it off entirely. But this singularly surprising moment finally lets us into the screwy girl's weird mind, going to a fresh and unexpected place." "Most of the moviemakers in the Red Bucket Films collective graduated from Boston University two years ago," wrote Ty Burr in a May 23 profile for the Boston Globe. "The youngest got his diploma this month. Today, two of their movies are playing at the Cannes International Film Festival. Some people just work faster than others." Online viewing tip. Matt Singer interviews the team for the IFC. Parts 1 and 2. Update, 6/2: "Despite his obvious do-it-yourself approach, Safdie rejects the common mumblecore categorization - to which Pleasure is unrelated, unless you consider the age factor - with immediate conviction," writes Eric Kohn in Stream. "'I hate that word,' he said. 'People are just associating young American movies with the only movement that exists now, which I think is dumb. There's another movement going on right now, a cut-and-paste-movement, that's not obsessed with reality. It's obsessed with realism.'"
Coverage of the coverage: Cannes 08. Last year: Cannes @ 60. And Cannes 06.
Posted by dwhudson at June 1, 2008 7:45 AM