Saturday, June 23, 2007

Anthony (Antoine)

A middle-aged pair of contract killers are preparing for their day's work. Vincent is sharpening the knives while Laurent is putting away the laundry. Laurent finds a note to "Anthony" in Vincent's jeans, with €50 tucked inside, spurring his jealous suspicions. Laurent goes off to stab someone, still unsettled that, despite his reassurances that there isn't another man to worry about, Vincent refuses to say who Anthony is. The explanation (to the audience) is a surprise. The acting is top-notch, the cinematography is beautiful, but I just can't get away from the fact that the premise is too weird for words. Anthony has a certain "gay Sopranos meets Leave It to Beaver" feel to it. Recommended with some reservations.

Anthony (Antoine), [watch online] dir. Jean-Philippe Laraque, 2006 France, 6 min., in French with English subtitles

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screened as part of the "Worldly Affairs" shorts program

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