Movie Diary 10/17/2017

Girl with a Suitcase (Valerio Zurlini, 1961). A big role for the very young Claudia Cardinale, as a woman – dumped unceremoniously in the opening sequence – who is taken up by the ex-boyfriend’s dewy-eyed younger brother. A strange film, but certainly distinctive, and CC is very alive in it.

The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017). The winner of the Palme d’or at Cannes this year. Not the taut gem that the director created in Force Majeure, but a consistently funny, sometimes discursive, occasionally puzzling satire on the art world and how people live today. Claes Bang is a Scandinavian Marcello Mastroianni, maintaining a jaded distance as he navigates the many bizarre curves in the story.

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