Movie Diary 12/1/2021

The Green Knight (David Lowery, 2021). Catching up with this one, a film from a director whose work I am usually immune to – this time, at least, there’s an intriguing world being created, and the lack of rush is very welcome. Dev Patel’s noble head carries us through a story that has many heads, and Lowery works in a few touches of humor, which, in a post-Monty Python world, you almost have to do. It’s an odd movie, though, and plays as though it has swallowed the original story without quite bringing it to the surface again.

Titane (Julia Ducournau, 2021). A whirlwind, for sure, from the director of Raw, full of invention and tenderness and violence. Gutsy performances by Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon. Part endurance test, part fever dream. I’m always up for this kind of thing, at the same time that I’m not sure I get it.