Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dot the Question Mark

Dot the I (2003)

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Natalia Verbeke, Tom Hardy, James D’Arcy, Charlie Cox

The Gist: Bear with me, I saw this a while ago and I may have fallen asleep. Gael Garcia Bernal is hired by some guy to seduce this girl (Verbeke) for undisclosed reasons. He doesn’t understand why. She doesn’t understand why. They fall in love “for real”, possibly. There are cameras following them everywhere. This becomes important towards the end, but still makes no sense.

And then what happens?: This is one of those twisty-turny “aren’t we all very clever” films that has just enough European-ness going for it that you let it away with being mostly nonsense. At some point James D’Arcy, who I recognise from something or other, is revealed to be the girl’s fiancé. He’s the Exposition Fairy who tries to explain everything. Good luck. He’s also the one who hired Gael Garcia Bernal and filmed it all for this documentary he’s making. Gael and the girl are chased with guns then later gate-crash the film festival D’Arcy takes the fake movie to. People alternately get shot and look confused. I don’t know either.

See it for: Garcia Bernal perfecting his cute and baffled WTF face that he used to much better effect a few years later in The Science of Sleep. You get the impression here that he’s genuinely confused about what’s happening in this film that he’s signed up for.

Level of Crazy: 2. It’s only lightweight crazy and doesn’t understand why. Then people get shot and look confused.

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