KIFF: Day Five in Review
The movies just keep coming! Here’s a rundown of the night:
Red Light Revolution is the story of a down on his luck, Beijinger who opens a sex shop in the attempts of making some fast cash. Not the sort of plot that makes me rush to go buy a ticket, but it is a charming film that is entertaining throughout. Apparently 70% of the sex toys in the world are manufactured in China, but it is still a topic considered taboo and distasteful. Because of this it appears that the subject matter was risqué enough, the rest of the film plays it safe and excluding a bit of language is quite polite. I’m telling you though, it really is funny. A comedy about the clash between modern-day culture and traditional values, Red Light Revolution finds a nice balance between the two.
The stereotypical image of the average mother in the 1950s usually consists of pearls, vacuum cleaners and freshly baked pie. Director M.T. Silvia’s, as a child, felt that her mom, Pauline’s life was much more glamorous. Pauline worked for the government working on the atomic bomb. However, as an adult and an anti-war advocate, this is something that M.T. has spent years coming to terms with. Atomic Mom is an attempt, not to place blame, but instead a search for answers. It is a touching and informative film, about finding understanding and inevitably, striving for peace.
There were too many to name, but quite a few of the shorts this year were equal parts beautiful and entertaining. Here’s a sampling of some of my personal faves from the night.
“Ting & Juma in ‘Zapped!’”
“Deux Petits Bateaux”
“Friday Night Tights”