Movie Diary 9/2/2009

Paris (Cedric Klapisch, 2009). Cavalcade of French stars in a fundamentally cornball scenario that tries to lay on an art-movie patina. Not exactly hard to sit through, with people such as Juliette Binoche and Romain Duris around – plus the indelible sight of Fabrice Luchini, one of my favorite actors anyway, doing some frantic gyrations to “Land of 1,000 Dances.” (full review 9/25)

Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008). Impressive Cannes success about Italy’s unprepossessing strongman Giulio Andreotti, a political film that unabashedly unrolls like a Scorsesian gangster picture. (full review 9/4)