Monday, March 29, 2010

WELCOME (Philippe Lioret, 2009)

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France



A mildly surly Frenchman with intimacy issues befriends a pillow-lipped, saucer-eyed, English-speaking, hairless Iraqi teen stuck in a Calais detention centre. One of them is transformed, the other is only there for topicality, for decoration. In terms of good intentions, worthy themes, plot construction, character stakes, acting, colour grading, continuity – the film is irreproachable. But in terms of meaning, insight, perspective, ideas – it’s worthless.

On a somewhat related note, I intend to start a petition: I demand that no more sweet-faced migrants lose their lives purely for an alienated Westerner to achieve redemption to the tune of a tinkly piano.

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