THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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LE CONFESSIONI (2016)

I must confess – I was on a flight to Paris, which I was visiting for the very first time, and I was taken with all things French!  I wanted to watch a French movie on the plane.  Moving through all 94 choices (!) of film, I settled on a recent film called Le Confessioni (aka The Confessions) from 2016.  And who but Connie Nielsen, Queen Hypolita from Wonder Woman, is among the cast.  But this was probably not what I was looking for.  First of all, it’s Italian not French.  Second of all, every actor in every language seemed to be dubbed into French, not left to their native language with subtitles.  And the film is as dry as a bone. Le Confessioni brings together the heads of many countries at a G8-type meeting, on a gorgeous estate far from the real world.  Also three invited guests of some of the leaders: a monk, a children’s book author (Nielsen) and a rock and roll singer (!).  There are rumblings of some drastic steps about to be taken in concert by these heads of state.  But before any of that can be revealed, the head of the International Monetary Fund (Daniell Auteuil) invited his guest the monk (Toni Servillo, very good with very little to work with) to hear his confession.  Why?  Because the gathered are about to do very bad things to impoverished nations?  We’ll never know because Auteuil is found dead the next morning – choked by a plastic bag that the monk’s tape recorder was in.  So now we have a half-baked whodunit and all are worried about what the markets will do when they open Monday morning after this news.  Did the monk do it?  What did the IMF head confess?  Why do we have to sit through a dull rendition of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side?”  This film can’t make up its mind what it is.  Mystery?  Scathing social commentary on the world’s leaders?  A terrifying reminder that plastic bags can KILL??  I’m not sure.  The characters are all too similar and hard to tell apart in many ways.  I seem to have made my own confession – that Le Confessioni is a bore and only sinners doing pennace should sit through it.

 

SHOULD TLA WATCH IT:  She was busy trying to spot Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones while I watched this.  Marvelous choice on her part.