Continental: A Film Without Guns (2007)

continentalContinental: A Film Without Guns (2007)

Directed by: Stéphane Lafleur

Starring: Marie-Ginette Guay, Gilbert Sicotte, Fanny Mallette

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Oh boy, a little indie drama from Quebec, this is bound to be upbeat and fun. I mean, what are the chances that it would instead be two hours of people staring sadly off-camera and having halting conversations with each other without making eye contact?

Yep, Continental is exactly that thing. There are three main characters who interact with each other a little, but not a lot. There’s a guy on a business trip trying to make money for his daughter, the woman who works at the front desk of the hotel he’s staying at who is looking for love and the wife of an old guy they found dead in a field.

I really shouldn’t be complaining about the format of the movie just being one I don’t like, instead let’s talk about the other flaws of the film! Well for one thing, there are NO GUNS!!! Can you believe it?! For another, a character-driven story like this relies really heavily on the principal actors, and like with most indie movies, these people just aren’t really up to snuff. The director leaves plenty of time for pure acting, where the characters are just staring and experiencing inner turmoil, but if the actor can’t pull it off, it’s just boring for everybody involved. Not that I’m blaming the actors entirely, a big part of the inability to connect with any of the characters comes from the direction, which will most of the time center on the back of an actor’s head, or will have the widest possible angle on two people talking to each other. So basically it’s a bad movie I guess is what I’m trying to say.

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