broke: High Noon
woke: Two Days, One Night
When I had to direct a Chekhov scene in university my lecturer was outraged that I had a character slide off a chair onto the floor 😡
Generally liked it, thought the woman playing Sonya gave too much and the guy playing Astrov wasn’t giving it enough 😖 Definitely feels like it’s not shot as live, the comedy still plays but the to-camera close-up monologues absolutely didn’t.
It must be hard being extraordinary. It's like once the world has singled you out as being so, there's no escaping it. All of a sudden your hours are not yours, your living becomes an act of public service. I guess everyone deals with it in their own way. It seems easier the more populist your appeal is, at least then people become more accepting of the ways that you choose to cope with it all. So long as you…
Maybe it's because my current habit of watching watch repair videos at night when I can't fall asleep but the climax of this film, a gentle two shot of father and daughter working on a timepiece together, is shot through with such wonderful intimacy that it almost brought me to tears — the way the warm colour palette evokes the first candlelit dinner scene speaks wonderfully to life's happiness and fragility.