Ten Minutes Older: The Cello

on August 01, 2008 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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One of two new omnibus films on the subject of time (“Ten Minutes Older:The Trumpet” played at the Edinburgh film festival), “Ten Minutes Older: The Cello” brings together eight European filmmakers to ponder what time means and how it affects us all. The cinematic results of their queries are largely engaging. Best of the bunch is Bernardo Bertolucci's “Histoires d'eaux,” a lovely, charming tale of a young man, fetching water for his elder, who lives his whole lifetime while the old man waits one morning for him to return. Mike Figgis' “About Time 2” is a disturbingly creepy tale that would do David Lynch proud. It's confusing but its images--old people in an old movie on TV, violent sexual fantasies enacted by three people who are being filmed on video--are indelible. Iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard, in “Dans le noir du temps,” uses his 10 minutes in 10 exhilarating short films which pontificate on the end of love, cinema, history, etc., often using appropriate clips of his own movies. Volker Schlondorff's “The

Enlightenment” offers a narrator discoursing on the paradoxes of time, a family barbecuing and the menacing appearance of some skinheads, to deliver a movie with an ironic, clever punchline. Less effective but still worthwhile are Jiri Menzel's “One Moment,” with time filtered through the career film appearances of actor Rudolf Hrusinsky, and Claire Denis' inconclusive but provocative “Vers Nancy,” where immigration and assimilation are discussed during a train trip. Only Istvan Szabo's obvious “Ten Minutes After,” about a domestic dispute which turns into tragedy, and Michael Radford's banal “Addicted to the Stars,” where an old astronaut who has traveled through time meets his even older son, can be termed failures. Those two duds aside, “Ten Minutes Older: The Cello” is well worth the time. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Jiri Menzel, Istvan Szabo, Claire Denis, Michael Radford, Jean-Luc Godard, Volker Schlondorff and Mike Figgis. Produced by Ulrich Felsberg, Nicolas McClintock and Nigel Thomas. No distributor set. Drama. English-, French-, Czech-, Hungarian-, Italian- and German-language, subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 97 min.

Tags: Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Jiri Menzel, Istvan Szabo, Claire Denis, Michael Radford, Jean-Luc Godard, Volker Schlondorff and Mike Figgis. Produced by Ulrich Felsberg, Nicolas McClintock, Nigel Thomas, Drama
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