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Boarding Gate back to product details

Enjoyed Every Minute
written by gfrasur September 11, 2008 - 7:56 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Boarding Gate got poor reviews, but I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed it in the same way that I enjoyed Assayas earlier Demonlover. Other viewers may not care for the stilted dialogue and patchwork plot, but I see these elements as part of Boarding Gate's purpose. Sandra (Argento) doesn't know what's happening, so of course the plot is somewhat incomprehensible. To me it's the difference between plot and story. The story is about Sandra being used by all these men/corporations. The plot is a series of attempts by Sandra to figure things out. I applaud Assayas's decision to tell the story from Sandra's perspective, even though it disrupts "normal" methods of narrative filmmaking. Of course, in the film what passes as normal is actually highly corrupt.

I wish their were more films like Boarding Gate being made.

Well, the cover art's enticing....
written by talltale June 8, 2008 - 8:56 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
For foisting a piece of crap like BOARDING GATE on the international film community I will hereafter and for the next twelve months refer to Olivier Assayas as Jerk. I do this sadly because I am a big fan of "Demonlover," which I think is one of his best. I am beginning to wonder if some of Assayas' early work has not been woefully overrated: seen Irma Vep lately, or Les Destinees? Construction is not this guy's strong suit. Compared to the thrills, shocks and treats of Demonlover, however, his new one fails in every aspect--from the tone-deaf dialog (worse even than Clean: If the guy can't speak English well, then don't try to write screenplays mostly in that language); a plot that appears to have been written, poorly, off the cuff and on the run; and a central performance by Asia Argento that offers attitude and action but little else. From a first-time filmmaker, we would probably not accept this trash. If Jerk thinks he is slumming, well, doesn't that presuppose the possession of a certain degree of talent. You will recognize little of it here. The praise for this film from some circles offers an excellent example of critics writing for each other while leaving their audience in the lurch. (Hmmm? Maybe other critics ARE their only audience?)


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