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Definitely my favourite Merchant-Ivory film, and so much better than I had initially expected.
It’s just so utterly beautiful, not just in the set design, costuming, cinematography (and cast) but in the subtleties of glances, touches, flickers of emotion. From the very first time that Clive has his head in Maurice’s lap, I knew I was in for something gorgeous and messy.
Not everything is perfect, of course, but it’s actually the lack of perfection, the breaks between the coolness…
In the vein of Airplane! this basically just involves throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. Unavoidably, this means that every joke and gag is hit or miss (a big one is the bathroom scene in the first act). Not as memorable or iconic as Airplane! but still surprisingly consistent in its comedic tone.
And when Leslie Nielsen is as charming as he is, both straight-faced and pratfall-y, it just makes for a breezy, fun ride.
A hidden French gem, Divines is an intense take on the gritty crime drama. It flips the genre on its head by reversing the genders. The protagonists are girls as well as the idol/villain. The main love interest is a man, seen through a female gaze: a ballet dancer often shown in objectified positions. All of this adds a much needed freshness and uniqueness, especially when set in the suburbs with mainly people of colour.
Other genre staples found in this film…