Wow. Four films worth talking about, all opening in the same week, and I've got interviews for all of them. I'm also pretty strung out to begin with, so I'm not going to attempt to get them all in within a single show, or even a couple of shows. Instead, we'll start off with two comedies that are somewhat interrelated because they both break the mold in their own ways. Then, next week, we'll be back with one episode looking at a fantastic documentary about the event that gave birth to the gay rights movement, and another episode about a beautiful and riveting drama from Italy starring Tilda Swinton. (Yeah, I could tell you titles, but, hell, listen to the show -- they're mentioned at the end).
This week, we've got Agnès Jaoui discussing Let It Rain, her film about a politician (Jaoui herself) enduring an inept documentary crew (Jamel Debbouze and frequent Jaoui collaborator Jean-Pierre Bacri) in her public life, and family friction in her private one. As with the director's previous effort, LISTEN TO ME, the interlocking havocs set the stage for a keenly nuanced view of the human condition, only this time with a considerably lighter tone.
Then we'll be talking with Jay and Mark Duplass about their new film Cyrus, wherein John C. Reilly tries to woo Marisa Tomei while fending off attacks from her passive-aggressive, live-at-home son, played by Jonah Hill. And if that log-line gives you chills, remember that the Duplasses were responsible for such cutting-edge, indie projects as The Puffy Chair and Baghead. Here, they let that feeling of spontaneity -- ganged to an exceptional cast -- work its magic, and the result is a comedy with a refreshing sense of humanity.
Good stuff this week, with even more to come next. Click on the player to hear the show.
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