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Geronimo - Wellington Film Society

When:

Mon 10 Oct 2016, 6:15pm–8:05pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: R13

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(Tony Gatlif, France 2014) R13 107 mins.

"Gatlif is back on familiar territory with his explosive use of gitanes dance and music coupled here with hip-hop and some opera thrown in for good measure. It’s an engaging mix even if there is a scant storyline for the focus of all this energy. The film is best seen as a sequence of stunning set pieces woven together by Gatlif with skill and passion. Straddling Geronimo is Patrick Ghiringhelli’s striking cinematography which gives several scenes, especially Nil running through a field of pampas grass, a dreamlike, abstract quality.

Sallette is excellent as the dedicated Geronimo who is determined to fight to the bitter end to try and improve the outlook for the town’s deprived youngsters. She already proved her worth in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette alongside Kirsten Dunst and in Bertrand Bonello’s House of Tolerance and Jaques Audiard’s Rust and Bone. And here her measured performance is the perfect counterpoint to Gatlif’s chaos and frenzy.

Geronimo has failings as far as a credible narrative is concerned and the film suffers from the use of non-professional actors in many of the lead roles. But who can fault Gatlif’s intentions and skill?" - Judith Prescott, French Cinema Review, 28 November 2014.

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