THE SALT OF THE EARTH ****
Wim Wenders has a definite knack with documentaries. He brings them to life with both charm and intelligence, like his inimitable classic, The Buena Vista Social Club. Here, he retraces the steps of the renowned Brazilian photojournalist, Sebastiao Salgado, who has witnessed all forms of international conflicts and isolated peoples. Salgado does not just visit his subjects, but goes to live with the natives, becoming a part of their lives, in order to better convey their dilemmas to the outside world through his striking photography. Wenders mesmerizingly narrates the film as he follows the master, accompanied by Salgado’s son, Juliano, reporting on his life’s work, his magnificent photos and his devoted wife. This is a film to see again and again, delving into the better side of ourselves.
(photo – Filmcoopi)
GONE GIRL ***
This latest film by David Fincher (a versatile master of twisted thrillers such as Se7en, Fight Club or in a change of pace, The Social Network) is a gripping, thought-provoking work, harsh and well-acted. It may not be completely believable as far as the characters are concerned, but then it is an exaggerated metaphor for a lot of rotten, dysfunctional relationships. Ben Affleck plays the husband whose wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears, leaving behind her a trail of suspicions and devious clues. Police investigations follow, the ambitious parents get involved, and the insatiable media will not let up on the guilty-looking husband. Based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn, it is both dark and entertaining and leaves one with a queasy feeling.
(photo – Fox-Warner)
Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Germany and Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.