This week on IFC News:
Why did you want to work with Isabel Coixet again?
To be honest with you, I think it was by far my best experience as an actress. She has such a distinct, original voice and I really wanted to be part of that again. I feel like we have a kind of shorthand at this point, like we don’t need to talk that much anymore. I can understand just from her body language what she’s looking for; we have this oddly telepathic communication. It’s an incredible thing to walk into a project knowing that you have that with a filmmaker.
Only 30 during filming, Khrjanovsky is fearless in his devotion to ridiculous ambiguity, possibly meaningless metaphor and long, breath-holding takes. However berserk and bedeviling it might seem on first viewing, "4" has a way of implanting itself in your reptile brain and haunting your daydreams for months afterward. I’ll go out on another limb: if you don’t face up to the film’s quadripartite patterns, betraying subnarratives, drunken techno-dread and derelict Russian wastelands, you have little idea what world cinema is up to lately.
On the "podcast," we discuss some of our favorite films from the first half of the year that shouldn’t be forgotten come year-end round-up time.
"Venus" is a movie both sweet and sour, one likely to warm your heart at times and chill you to the bone at others. Rarely I have been so equally touched and repulsed by a film. Basically a British "Grumpy Old Men" with a heaping dash of "Lolita," the new film by director Roger Michell offers aging superstar Peter O’Toole a showcase for his chops, both comedic and dramatic, and whatever else you think about it, there’s no denying the 74-year old actor still has a spring in his step and a mess of charisma.
And Christopher Bonet has the week’s in-theater round-up.