- What We Watched
- Topic: Film Festivals
- Upcoming Screenings
Say what you will about the French, they make some damn fine films. This is a realization that many may make on their own if they just sit down and get through the subtitles. In light of this, I am here to help shed light on films such as Just a Sigh, a slow burn drama tinged with romance that earns every bit of what it gives.
Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) is a struggling actress, following her passion despite the fact that it pays little and affords her no luxury. Frequently on the road, she is away from her beau, the unseen Antoine (voiced by Denis Ménochet). On a quick trip back to Paris in an attempt to see him, she encounters a man (Gabriel Byrne) on the train. He looks distraught and she can tell that something very bad has happened to him. Their eyes meet several times, but they say nothing to one another. Once the train stops, Douglas (as we later find out his name) approaches Alix to ask for directions to a certain church. When they are interrupted by a nosy man who gives Douglas the directions, Alix leaves. After trying to touch base with Antoine as she has no money and needs some to take her mother to lunch and get back to Calais where she will be performing in a play that night, she is drawn to go in search of Douglas.
Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen and few of them can sustain a story well enough to walk its main character through the narrative in a way that satisfies in the end. This is what separates the wheat from the chaff to all you cliché lovers out there. Fortunate for us, director and co-writer Rob Meyer doesn't tumble into the overused tropes that many coming of age films employ in A Birder's Guide to Everything. The film follows David (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young nerdy-type who with his best friend Timmy (Alex Wolff) and the unadventurous Peter (Michael Chen), have formed the YBS (Young Birders Society) and are full-on birdwatching aficionados, well-versed in the calls, wing markings and all about the birds in the area of New England where they live. David got his love of birding from his mother, who used to take him out with her.
Spring is in the air and that means we're going to be wanting some fresh air. What better way to get out then to go to the movies.
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Fandango - Get $1 off the purchase of four tickets to see The Muppets: Most Wanted when you use the promotional code MOSTWANTEDTIX (Expires March 23, 2014)