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)...
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