Toronto Film Festival: High-profile releases and under-the-radar films are both satisfying viewing
At the Toronto Film Festival, Meryl Streep wowed in 'August: Osage County' and 'Gravity' was a technical tour de force, while lesser-known films like 'Tim's Vermeer' were also intriguing.
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“Gravity” runs a brisk 93 minutes. By contrast, Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” the passionate (and highly explicit) love story between two women that won this year’s Palme d’Or, runs 179. Despite all the high-toned talk about its artful attenuations, I thought it could have profitably lost 30 of those minutes. Still, the two actresses here, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, give soul-diving performances.Skip to next paragraph
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The vroom factor is a bit low, the script by Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) is surprisingly cloddish, but Lauda, the survivor of the duo, made a surprise appearance at the film’s gala and demonstrated yet again a film festival truism: The real deal always gets the biggest applause.
And what of Meryl Streep? Her performance as the drug-addicted, viperish matriarch in the adaptation of the prize-winning Tracy Letts play “August: Osage County” was anything but sickly. Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and many other fine actors are also around, but Streep is so incisive that afterward I felt like writing her a memo: Now that you’ve warmed up for this sort of thing, please – please! – play Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”
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