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The Cunning Plan

Although widely feted by the film critics, I'm yet to see anything by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. His latest one caught my attention a couple of months ago when I read an intriguing review of it, and I've been keeping an eye out for it ever since. This is the first (and so far only) screening in Brighton, and those lovely Komedia schedulers have had the decency to put it on a Tuesday, which is their weekly cheap night. What's not to like? Ah yes, best you sample the trailer first (the second one is particularly enigmatic)...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843287/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWIuOq74Wak

The Film Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes)

When Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a lovely Tokyo student who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly Takashi (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno), a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls. The lonely widower seems far more interested in playing house than having sex, however, and the young woman soon falls asleep. The next day, when the two encounter Akiko's volatile boyfriend Noriaki (Ryo Kase), Takashi plays into Noriaki's assumption that he is actually Akiko's grandfather. As the three settle into their new roles, Takashi finds himself becoming the protector that Akiko so desperately needs.

The Meetup Arrangement

Meet from 6.00pm at Komedia, either at the tables outside (if it's nice) or in the first floor bar (if it's not). Film programme starts at 6.30pm.  Dinner, drinks and chatter to follow, I'm open to suggestions about where, or we'll decide on the night x

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  • Mike

    Thank you all for another lovely Meetup evening, in which the film - gradually unfolding and unassertively mannered in an allegedly idiosyncratic Japanese way (is everyone over there REALLY too polite and afraid of offending, to say what they actually mean? Or is it just a cultural stereotype? Answers on pair of chopsticks) - was eclipsed by the convivial Vietnamese supper afterwards. Concrete suit installations, yarn bombing and kitten acquisition - what a fascinating bunch you are!! Good to meet you for the first time, Jason & Veronica, and great to see the rest of you again too x

    August 15, 2013

  • kate b.

    Sorry I didnt mean to ruin anyone's enjoyment of the film, I liked the taxi scene I thought it was hilarious kate

    August 14, 2013

  • Chris D.

    It was indeed a case of love or hate with this film. Very similar in pace to Certified Copy, which is set over the course of a long day, I loved the way it meandered its way through the character's stories which were all interlocked. An incredibly enigmatic, intriguing piece which allows you to come to your own conclusions. Thanks Mike for organising another great meet-up.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • kate b.

    I had to leave suddenly felt unwell. But I was feel like it was a bit slow, however, I did see the irony and the comedy. If not....What is it other than a drama about a paedophile ring including an old professor (exaggeration of course as she is at university/college but she is rather young looking which blurrs the boundaries doesnt it?) kate

    August 14, 2013

  • Chrissie

    My first meetup with you guys and not sure this is my kind of film :-)

    August 14, 2013

  • Rosalynd

    Thanks to Mike and everyone for a lovely evening! I really liked this film and it's interesting to compare with 'Only God Forgives' which I found unbearably tedious whereas this film - which had none of OGF's visual pyrotechnics but was equally slow paced - really drew me in with its ostensibly slight but emotionally quite resonant story. Interesting style of filmmaking - this director is no fan of editing and likes to linger! Won't be everyone's cup of tea (Bill) but I liked it...

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I became mildly hysterical and kept laughing at a film that I have now re-evaluated and come to consider a subversive comic masterpiece. Ah, the memories of that slow old man dozing off at the traffic lights... priceless! Can't understand how the rest of you didn't get it ;-)

    August 14, 2013

  • Jackie

    Oh dear. I found it too slow and I could not engage with the characters enough to benefit from the pace.

    August 14, 2013

  • Jason P.

    I loved its gentle pace (which didn't make me impatient).

    August 14, 2013

  • Jason P.

    I loved it's gentle pace (which didn't make me impatient).

    August 13, 2013

  • Liz Q.

    Sorry I didn't make it I was knackered. Hope you had fun! X

    August 13, 2013

  • Lou L.

    I may be late meeting you beforehand as my car is being picked up/repaired at 5.30. Hopefully will get to the cinema before 6.30 x

    August 13, 2013

    • Lou L.

      Sorry I didn't make it after all - I had to drive my car for half an hour to charge it !

      August 13, 2013

  • David

    Delays mean unable to attend this one

    August 13, 2013

  • Laura B.

    Looks like a great film. I'm in. Do I need to buy a ticket in advance?
    Laura

    August 5, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Not really but if you do you can choose your seat.

      August 6, 2013

  • Chris D.

    I really liked Certified Copy with Juliette Binoche a couple of years ago - this looks equally intriguing!

    August 4, 2013

  • Cathy S

    Hmm.. clashes with 'David Bowie is happening now- Live' so I will be otherwise occupied, entranced and nostalgic over at the DOY.. :-)

    August 4, 2013

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