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azdak ([personal profile] azdak) wrote2011-04-25 07:00 am

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We're a bit behind the times cinematically here in Austria, so last night we went to see Four Lions, which the internet informs me was released in the UK in 2010 and won a BAFTA and things. I'm glad it's finally made it here, because I haven't laughed in a cinema so much since - well, I can't remember when. It's one of these films where the entire conversation afterwards goes "And that bit when... And that bit when... and when he...." and everyone bursts into fresh gales of laughter at each memory. Riz Ahmed was fantastic as Omar, managing to give the film an emotional layer that made it more than just a black comedy, and handling the emotional moments with a delicacy of touch that stopped them tipping into sentiment (his "Simba's jihad" version of the Lion King that he tells his son as a bedtime story is both hilarious and moving). But all the actors were terrific. And there is bonus surprise!Benedict Cumberbatch.
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[personal profile] legionseagle 2011-04-25 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
I absolutely adore that film; I think my absolutely favourite line is "Real IRA link up with Fathers 4 Justice: nightmare scenario" but I agree about the "...bit when...bit when..." phenomenon.
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[personal profile] legionseagle 2011-04-25 07:04 am (UTC)(link)
And the long discussion about whether a honey monster is in fact a bear.
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[personal profile] jest 2011-04-25 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, a film I've actually seen! I thought it was hilarious right up until the credits rolled and then I started feeling really sad.
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[personal profile] legionseagle 2011-04-25 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually, I thought most of the characters were surprisingly real, even the ones who were most extreme - Barry, for example.
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[personal profile] legionseagle 2011-04-27 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
We had someone at a former law firm I was at who converted to Islam - a small, ginger shrimp of a man, and he insisted on taking over the showers for his praying, and whinging about the precise direction of Mecca and treating his boss as if she was untouchable, and it occurred to us that there were several people who were Muslim (born not converts) in the firm who'd just got on with it for years. And I hadn't thought of this bloke for years until I saw Barry and it all came flooding back.
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[personal profile] soledad_writes 2011-07-28 11:41 am (UTC)(link)
You live in Austria? You mean there's actually someone within reach from us? Wow! Next time I hop over the border we really ought to organize a meeting in person!