SXSW 2012: Casey’s Day 5 Recap
My final day at SXSW 2012 came all to quickly. I had an absolute blast and cannot wait to attend next years festival! On my last day I was able to see three very interesting films.
This French Canadian film was nominated this past year at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film. That was the first thing that drew me to this particular film. This film is about an Algerian immigrant hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. The teacher hung herself in her own classroom and was unfortunately found by a young student bringing the milk in the morning for the rest of the class. What a tragic and horrifying thing to see as a young child. The rest of the class and school all know what happened but only one little boy and a little girl who was able to peak at the door were the ones to actually see the teacher in her final position in the classroom. This film is very charming even though the premise deals with suicide. This new teacher comes into this broken class and attempts to unite it once more. I can easily see why this film was nominated for an Academy Award.
This documentary tells the story of a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their sixteen-year-old son who went missing for three years. I was very intrigued by the description of this particular documentary. I really wanted to see how this Frenchman was able to convince his way into being an American citizen and into this Texan family’s life. The film paid off to me, even though parts seemed made up. The fact that this guy pulled off what he does in this documentary is amazing and bewildering to me. If you ever have the chance to watch this film, I highly recommend you do not pass it up! It will leave you mesmerized and confused on what exactly went on in the story.
This Rory Culkin and somewhat newcomer Julia Garner starring film is quite the wild ride. Rachel, a young Mormon girl, believes in immaculate conception, while her fundamentally religious family regards her condition as an intolerable transgression. The search for the child’s origins is a revelation for the 15-year-old. Basically, Rachel thinks she got pregnant by listening to a blue cassette she found in the basement of her parents house. She sets out to look for who is singing on the cassette for he is supposed to be the father of the oncoming child. She goes on a journey unlike any other for a young Mormon girl. I enjoyed the film for the most part. There was one particular thing I kept thinking throughout the film that I can’t help but share here. In this film, Rory Culkin looks and sounds like an Emilio Estevez reincarnated. I don’t know what it is exactly but that’s all I kept thinking every time Culkin was on the screen.