This year’s Venice International Film Festival concluded yesterday by giving the Golden Lion to the Venezuelan film Desde Allá (From Afar). Unfortunately I’m not in Venice, but I thought it would be appropriate to squeeze in a review for last year’s Golden Lion winner, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence from Roy Andersson.
God exists. He lives in Brussels with his teenage daughter. And he’s a jerk.
This is the premise of Jaco Van Dormael‘s latest feature: Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament). The film focuses on Ea, sister of Jesus, or J.C. in this universe. Her father, who happens to be God, is an abusive and pettiful creature, who rules the world through his computer. He shouts at his wife, beats his daughter, and makes up rules for mankind, such as “the other line at the cash register will always move faster.” He’s a prick who enjoys the suffering of his little toys, people. J.C. escaped years ago, and now his sister is ready to step into his footsteps and write her own testament.
Summer is coming to an end, which means that it’s time for me to give out awards to the films I watched in the last three months. I hope I still know how to do this.
(It’s quite a long read, so go get some cookies.)