US, Germany / 94 minutes / color / Flying Box, Getaway, Arden, Cine Plus Dir & Scr: Lulu Wang Pr: Bernadette Bürgi Cine: Stefan Ciupek Cast: Jack Huston, Brit Marling, Lambert Wilson, Alexander Fehling, Tom Schilling, Nikolai Kinski, Pamela Knaack, Harald Siebler, Isabelle Redfern, Morice Marcone.
An interesting movie that takes a noirish premise and makes of it something really quite different. It’s tempting to call it a romantic comedy, but really it isn’t a comedy, despite some amusing and/or wry moments; it’s a tale concerned (a) with the relationship between art and life, (b) with the need to try not so much to make an artwork out of one’s life (yawn) as to approach it with creative artistry in mind, and (c) with the destructive tyranny of pragmatism.
Liam (Jack Huston) throws a tantrum at the gallery.
Liam Price (Huston) is a stereotype: the penniless, hard-drinking, obsessed creative genius—the sort that crowds out every art college in the world. He used to have a certain amount of popularity, but his last exhibition was a disaster, not least because influential collector Arman Rubell (Siebler) dumped a load of Liam’s stuff onto the market not long beforehand, thereby driving prices down. Now the Berlin gallery run by his friend Daniel S. Volpe (Wilson) is holding an exhibition of eyesore installation art by one Kaleb Moo (Kinski). A booze-fueled Liam turns up at the premiere to destroy as much of his own work as he can find in the gallery basement. With a cry of “I might as well kill myself,” he vanishes into the night.
Pages from Liam’s workbook.
As he sleeps things off in a pedestrian underpass, a bum (Marcone) steals his shoulderbag, containing his workbook. The next morning the bum is found dead, having either fallen or jumped under a train. Everyone assumes the corpse is Liam’s, especially after Continue reading