Opening this Week: A Foreign Flick and Some Independant Work
This Friday is an interesting one as the Christmas season begins with some lesser work. Things begin with Shame, an erotic drama about a man who feels his life is in place – with the exception of having a sexual addiction – that soon gets interrupted when his sister comes for a unanounced stay. Aside from its NC-17 rating, Shame has won many awards from film festivals including Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. The reception has been positive so far with critics like Roger Ebert calling it “a powerful film.” Shame will be distributed through a limited release.
Another independent drama that up for release is Sleeping Beauty with Emily Browning as a young university student that performs a special type of erotic service and becomes drawn into a world of unspoken desires. The film’s production itself is quite interesting as the script landed itself on the Black List of unproduced screenplays in 2008. It wasn’t long until September 2009 when it was approved for funding by Screen Australia. It was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and met with a positive to mixed reception.
And finally, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage makes its debut in the US after a year of being released in Japan. Outrage is about the boss of an organized crime that orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. Having worked on films with little commercial success, Takeshi wanted to make this film with no other ambition but just to be entertaining. Considering its moderate success overseas, maybe it will be a decent flick to look into.