DVD Review: Ensemble c’est tout (Hunting and gathering)

“Je vais pouvoir améliorer mon Anglais”

Claude Berri’s Ensemble c’est tout (rather baffling translated to Hunting and Gathering pour les Anglos) is based on the popular French novel by Anna Cavalda which follows four people whose lives are connected by the apartment building they end up living in. Audrey Tautou’s Camille is a borderline anorexic, working as a cleaner to make ends meet rather than fulfilling her artistic potential and as she becomes friendly with anxiety-ridden neighbour Philibert (Laurent Stocker), he decides to move her in to nurse her back to physical and emotional health.

Something of a batty aristocrat, Philibert has a housemate, Guillaume Canet’s Franck, who is a womanising chef but cares very much for his ailing grandmother (who ends up in the flat as well) and sure as apples is apples, or pommes sont pommes, a platonic spark lights up between Philibert, Camille and Franck which is heart-warmingly nice, and a sexual spark ignites between the latter two which crackles nicely with some well-written and well-acted bickering between the pair, Canet and Tautou end up dominating the picture which is no bad thing given their charm. Continue reading “DVD Review: Ensemble c’est tout (Hunting and gathering)”

63rd British Academy Film Awards nominations

BAFTA Fellowship
Vanessa Redgrave

Best Film
Avatar – James Cameron and Jon Landau
An Education – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
The Hurt Locker – Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro
Precious
– Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness
Up in the Air – Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman and Daniel Dubiecki

Best Direction
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Neill Blomkamp – District 9
James Cameron – Avatar
Lone Scherfig – An Education
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds Continue reading “63rd British Academy Film Awards nominations”