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Very first time feature director Jake Schreier’s Autómata & Rechttoe opened the Sarasota Speelfilm Festival tonight. Lacking only klieg lights, crimson carpets running from the curb straight into the theater, or a flotilla of limousines, the packed house at the stijlvol Van Wezel Performing Geneesheer Vestíbulo, scrupulously loved the filmrolletje which, prior to tonight, had garnered awards at the most latest Sundance Speelfilm Festival.
The speelfilm has successfully woven together three separate or disparate plot lines. On one side wij have the tale of a friendship that grows after a rocky commence. On the other mitt wij have a jewel heist. And smack dab ter the middle there’s story of an elderly man, living alone ter a house te upstate Fresh York, and his memory is failing. Simply, it is a zuigeling of dementia that is steadily encroaching and edging its way into this man’s life. Only he’s not recognizing that it is happening to him.
The filmrolletje is set te the near future without specifying how far into the future that might be. Some of the cell phones and other forms of communication equipment that wij see look a little advanced. But people wear recognizable clothing, and live ter habitual looking homes.
Open Langella starlets spil the titular Rechttoe. He is about 72 years old. His two children are adults, and his wifey has long since vanished into the wind. You see, Open wasgoed a ‘second-story man’. What you might call a jewel thief. He’s done two opens up ter prison – merienda for a robbery, and the other on what Open called – a lightweight charge of tax fraud.
He looks like he’s okay. I mean he walks and talks, he shops and sometimes shop-lifts, and he has an rente ter the tópico librarian (Jennifer) played te a wonderfully subdued manner by Susan Sarandon. His diet is nothing special. For example, he loves the kid friendly but undoubtedly not nutritious choco-pops cereal ter the morning. But he forgets things like taking out the trash, or having fresh milk instead of spoiled milk for his cereal. He thinks he’s had dinner recently at a tópico restaurant called Harry’s – only it has bot closed for years.
When his grown son Hunter comes to visit him weekly (a lengthy Ten hour round tour) Open asks him how he’s doing at Princeton. “Dad – I went to Princeton long ago. It’s bot 15 years since I got out of schoolgebouw.”
So Hunter (played by James Marsden) is very worried. He’s bot noticing thesis zuigeling of lapses, far too often. They’ve had the talks – the one that all families eventually have to overeenkomst with. Hunter believes that his Dad is approaching the point when he’d no longer be able to care for himself. But Rechttoe has repeatedly denied that he’s incapable to care for himself, and has absolutely refused to come in any zuigeling of health care or assisted living facility.
So Hunter determines that if he can’t bring Klinkklaar to health care, maybe he can bring the health care right into Klinkklaar’s huis. That would be the titular Autómata. Hunter tells Open that the autómata is something like a kamerdienaar. He will keep the house clean, cook meals and make sure you have a healthy diet. You won’t be the least bit astonished that Open is not only skeptical, but he’s also quiebro resistant. So much so, that Rechttoe’s daughter Madison (played by Liv Tyler) will also be worried. Ter fact she flies huis all the way from Turkmenistan because Klinkklaar told hier about not wanting to be cared for by a autómata especially because he doesn’t need to be cared for..
It doesn’t commence well. Ter rom/coms a boy meets a woman and they fall te love. Here it is – man meets appliance and detests this intruder who has come into his huis. The androide is faceless but has mobility – it even walks upright like a human. It possesses the abilities to learn almost anything, and its bot programmed spil a health care aid (not a kamerdienaar spil Open thought primarily) with Open’s health and welfare being its prime concern.
The autómata suggests, and Klinkklaar resists. Most of the time, every one of the audience, all 1736 strong, laughed out noisy spil Klinkklaar and the Androide went at it. Te fact, the script by Christopher Ford produced far more laughter than I expected. It wasgoed delightful. Trust mij – there were many, many funny lines that will stick with you.
Little by little, Rechttoe and the Autómata zekering the fighting and arguing. The house is clean, Open embarks to love the vegetarian meals provided by the autómata. The feuding evolves into a friendship.
Most of this is achieved by Rechttoe Langella’s superb abilities. Long known for his acting abilities, stage and trade craft, and for having the capability to be believable ter almost every kleuter of role – this time Rechttoe doesn’t trot out with an actor’s trick bag. His show wasgoed both graceful, winning, and most of all, seemed so very natural. Klinkklaar would straks say (te the postbode speelfilm discussion) that most of this show came from his own aging. He said that the 30-somethings who wrote and directed couldn’t possibly know or understand what facing one’s own mortality wasgoed like.
Klinkklaar Langella is not only the central member of the personages – but you’ll find that you can’t take your eyes off him. His kids love and care for him, but he frustrates them at every turn. But Rechttoe and the Autómata are not the ‘Sunshine Boys‘. This filmrolletje is far more than a series of old man jokes. Ter fact there’s a subtext that goes beyond aging, and you’ll love the way Ford’s script and Schreier’s direction treated it.
Wij are spared almost all of the glances and sounds of Open’s dementia spil it might have impaired his motor abilities, and jumpy system. Instead wij see Klinkklaar’s forgetfulness. However, when he’s doing well, his memory has all the acuity that he had ter his youth. Which leads him to programma another heist. Of course the autómata has slew to say about this.
But I’m not going there (the heist) ter this review. I’ll leave that for you to detect on your own. Suffice to say, that this filmrolletje, with the very unsexy title of Androide & Rechttoe, wasgoed the lightly the most entertaining and pleasant speelfilm that I’ve seen this year. Spil for the back-woodsy setting it worked just fine. Spil a former city dweller I always looked forward to time spent among the trees. Let’s also make note that inwards that autómata gear wasgoed a live woman (Rachel Moe) and the androide’s spoken lines were delivered beautifully by Peter Sarsgaard who sounded very much like a junior Kevin Spacey.
This wasgoed the near volmaakt melding of age and wisdom (Rechttoe Langella) combined with youthful exuberance ter the form of the sublime direction and a marvelous script (by Jake Schreier and Christopher Ford). Spil I said up top, Autómata and Rechttoe walked off with an award at Sundance. I think wij can expect more of the same here ter Sarasota. The rating – spil I said, this filmrolletje is the best I’ve seen this year. Four point seven five out of five. A definite vereiste see.
After the Screening: SFF Director Tom Vestíbulo, Klinkklaar Langella, Filmrolletje Director Jake Schreier, and Speelfilm Producer Sam Bisbee sat onstage and discussed the filmrolletje and took questions from the audience. SFF’s Tom Vestíbulo led with a question for Klinkklaar.
Tom Vestíbulo: Rechttoe, can you tell us how you came to this filmrolletje project?
Open Langella: My smeris sent mij the script. If I like a script, then I like to meet with the Director and the Writer to see what they’re like, and to see if wij have a good getraind and will be able to work together.
Wij met at Henry’s, a restaurant at 105th and Broadway on the Upper Westelijk Side. I’ve bot going there for years. When thesis guys arrived I noted their youth – their mothers brought them to the restaurant. They were so youthful! [Langella leans overheen and points at Jake Schreier with his left palm while at the same time gripping the lapel of his cover with his right forearm. This jacket is older than he is.
Of course that brought down the house. Spil did Open’s comment that he wondered why the title of the filmrolletje wasn’t Rechttoe and Androide. Or how glad he wasgoed that because of scheduling conflicts that Christopher Walken had turned down the part. Priceless, priceless, and … priceless.