A gorgeously shot and well-acted romantic drama/coming of age story, The Souvenir avoids the trappings of both with muted storytelling, witty dialogue and a brilliant central performance from Honor Swinton Byrne. The only real flaw I have is how incomplete it feels, but hopefully it will be when Part 2 is released.
Despite being titled A Man Escaped, this film never once feels predictable, contrived or simplistic. Just when you think things are looking up, you find new factors that could jeopardize Fontaine's escape plan. The film holds you with a tight grip and doesn't let go. A Man Escaped ignores all the trappings of the prison escape film to deliver a tense, stripped down thriller.
This and Pickpocket are the only Robert Bresson films I've seen. I'll complete my Bresson watchlist eventually.
The fact that this won more Oscars than anything else tonight gives me reason to respect this movie (and the Academy) even less.
Have you ever read those comments where plebeians like to argue that they don't go in to movies like Bohemian Rhapsody to "see a documentary, only to be entertained"?
I would rather see a Queen documentary.