The Courmayeur Noir in Festival is an event that appears to go beyond the typical film festival format. Surrounded by sidebar conversations, exhibits and featuring a work in progress alongside titles by mainstream filmmakers, the festival has gained a following worthy of the noir genre.
Ridley Scott is one of those overrated directors who, every once in a while, puts together a hard-edged, lean little film that just delivers the goods. The Counselor, unfortunately, isn't one of those efforts.
People with the "counselor" impostor tend to have an aversion to experiencing life as the messy, real and emotionally-charged experience that it is. Now, there's nothing wrong with supporting your loved ones, but any good therapist knows the value of self-care and healthy boundaries.