"Inception" by Christopher Nolan
Dom Cobb is able to use his unique skills to his advantage - he can enter people's minds through their dreams and thereby learn their secrets. He is a thief for hire but Japanese businessman Mr. Saito wants Cobb to enter the mind of Robert Fischer Jr., who is about to inherit his father's massive business empire, to plant a simple notion: to break-up his father's conglomerate and sell it off. In return, Saito will make it possible for Cobb to freely return to the US where he is currently wanted by the police. Cobb accepts and assembles his team with a plan to plant the idea deep in Fisher's mind. As the intended deception grows ever more complex, Cobb has to deal with his own emotions and feelings of guilt, which are projecting themselves into the dreamspace. Cobb has to deal with the eventual question of what is real and what is only a dream.
I know that everybody goes mad for this movie, but when I left the cinema I didn't feel particularly satisfied of what I saw. Maybe I was a little bit confused...by the way, I'll definitely see it again one more time.
"Memento" by Christoper Nolan
Leonard is an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife's murder. He can now only live a comprehendable life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera. The movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to come that compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters. Leonard badly wants revenge for his wife's murder, but there may be little point if he won't remember it in order to provide closure for him. The movie veers between these future occurrences and a telephone conversation Leonard is having in his motel room in which he compares his current state to that of a client whose claim he once dealt with.
"I can't remember to forget you".
This one could be a simple noir movie, but becomes a true masterpiece thanks to the non-linear narrative and the unreliability of the narrator.
"Following" by Christopher Nolan
The protagonist is Bill, an unemployed aspiring writer who lives a solitary and boring life in London. Bill has a fascination with people, and with hopes of finding material to write about, begins to pick individuals out of a crowd, and to follow them. Bill establishes rules to keep him out of trouble and to keep his 'following' random, but soon enough he breaks one of his rules by following someone more than once. The character he follows on numerous occasions first is Cobb, a confident and intelligent burglar who soon involves Bill in his peculiar burglaries. During the robbery of a residence Bill becomes interested in the woman who owns the flat, so he begins to follow her. Eventually he decides to meet her and they begin seeing each other. This upsets Cobb as he also learns the woman has asked Bill to do a job for her. But things are not as they seem, and soon Bill will find out why.
In my opinion, this is one of the best movies Nolan has directed. The simplicity in which it was shot (very similar to a documentary) is not a flaw, but it contributes to emphasize the beautiful script.
Very impressive for a debute.
Trivia: Cobb, the burglar, is also the name of Di Caprio's carachter (a pro thief of dreams) in "Inception".
"The life before her eyes" by Vadim Perelman
A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity--on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana's life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels.
Unfortunately, this is one is one of those cases in which the great potential of a fine script is completely wasted. And the italian dubber for Uma Thurman is absolutely unlistenable.
"Respiro" by Emanuele Crialese
In this Sicilian fable, a beautiful young mother living on a small island excites the disapproval of her fellow villagers with her carefree behavior. When her relatives suggest she need psychiatric treatment, her son must help her escape the condemnation of the town.
Physical, ancestral and that will make you discover the real Sicily.
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