Melbourne International Film Festival
The 65th MIFF, Australia’s largest film festival, enters its final week this week. Of the six movies I saw (Evolution, Suntan, Weiner, The Family Fang, Captain Fantastic, and Toni Erdmann), I think Fang was the standout for me. Adapted from the novel by Kevin Wilson, and starring Nicole K and Jason Bateman, it says some extraordinary things about art and some even more extraordinary things about family. It’s directed by Jason Bateman who is becoming one of my favourite actors – understated, sympathetic and versatile (he did a great turn in The Gift recently too). It’s spoiled slightly by a schmaltzyish ending but there’s been so much anarchy and iconoclasm along the way that it’s easy to forgive – some of Christopher Walken’s savage lines about parenting brought the house down at the cinema where I saw it.
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