Saturday, June 12, 2010

11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)

Director(s): Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran), Claude Lelouch (France), Youssef Chahine (Egypt), Danis Tanovic (Bosnia Herzegovina), Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina-Faso), Ken Loach (UK), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico), Amos Gitai (Israel), Mira Nair (India), Sean Penn (USA), Shohei Imamura (Japan). 134 min. Unrated. Drama.

Eleven perspectives on 9/11, by eleven directors around the world (just look at the list). Whoever invited these filmmakers for their short features on the subject probably thought this was going to become a compilation of sympathy for America, but I couldn't imagine a collection more critical of the phenomenon known as USA. Penn's section is insanely scathing, Gita's was the most amateurish, Iñárritu's and Loach's are definitely thought-provoking, but I found Lelouch's feature (about a foreign deaf mute begging for recognition by her American boyfriend) the most intriguing. After all, the French are master filmmakers.

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