57th LFF – the last day

I have thrilled, and dared, and loved, and journeyed and I have survived! 22 films in 10 days! Some marvellous, some mediocre and one very bad choice, but that is the Film Festival circuit for you. Since I go out of my way to choose off-the-beaten-track films, then there is likely to be at least one bad choice.

Today I saw two in the Love section. Gloria a film from Chile, with possibly Almadovan influences, directed by Sebastián Lelio, with the incomparable Paulina Garcia in the lead role of Gloria, a middle-aged singleton out on the town. A good dancer, she hits it off with Rudolfo, played by Sergio Hernández. This film demonstrates that even older couples can make appallingly bad judgements, Gloria is knocked off her perch not once but several times, mostly by Rudolfo but in spite of this, in the end this is a feel-good movie. Excellent acting, marvellous sound track, quite a lot of explicit oldie-sex…

Gloria was followed by a glorious biopic, docu-drama about Rabindranath Tagore, Jeevan Smriti [Selected Memories]. This exquisite and poetical film using mainly Tagore’s own words covers, in a sort of pietra dura of delicate pieces, the whole of Rabindranath’s life from boyhood through to his death. This is sadly the last film to be completed by Rituparno Ghosh, who died tragically young this May, aged only 47. He and his camera team appear throughout the film, so that their pilgrimage in the footsteps of the poet chime beautifully, combining past and present in a thoughtful tribute as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the poet, philosopher, painter and political activist. As well as it being the 150th anniversary of his birth, 2013 is also the 100th anniversary of Tagore’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Asian ever to receive this award.

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