“Vous êtes de la police?” / “Einmal Polizist, immer Polizist”

Last night I was zapping through the channels in search of something good when I stopped at arte just as they showed their primetime preview. I’ve often watched their show Karambolage and various documenteries, but seldom any movies.

Then it said “A detective moves into a retirement home and isn’t happy about it, but then things start to happen…”. I directly thought of Bubba Ho-tep and was filled with glee. I knew I couldn’t expect Egyptian zombies, but it sounded interesting nevertheless.



Not to tell too much: Ms. Sablonnet takes on a murder case in the retirement home with the help of his oldschool rocker friend Francky. They meet obstacles in the form of the home’s directress, the nurses and the other inhabitants.

Though sometimes on the edge of being depressing the movie has many humorous and outright funny moments: highly recommendable!


Some trivia at the end: Jean-Pierre Cassel stars as the detective and if that name sounds familiar it might be because of “The Crimson Rivers” (“Les rivières pourpres”).



It might also be because of his son, Vincent Cassel, who also starred in “The Crimson Rivers” and is of “Black Swan” and the “Ocean’s” movies fame.

Another tid-bit: Jean-Pierre Cassel was father-in-law to Monica Belucci, who is still married to Vincent. Lucky guy!



A flock of swans

I love it when designers put their love for movies into new artwork designs.

Browsing the web I came across some lovely versions of the “Black Swan“ movie-posters.

One of my favourites, from art director Laz Marquez:


The following ones are from London based “design circus” La Boca:





I think the color-theme perfectly underlines the movie’s dark and intermittently bloody storyline.

And I’d love to see the first one of La Boca on my living-room wall.

Black Swan

Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that I’d ever be afraid of a ballerina.

After seeing Black Swan I’ll be lucky if I don’t scare myself the next time I coil my hair into a chignon and look  into the mirror at the same time. Eek.

Director Darren Aronofsky tells the story of Nina (brilliantly portrayed by Natalie Portman), an ambitious ballerina at a New York ballet company. She tries out for her dream role, one of the most prestigious in classic ballet: Swan Lake‘s swan queen. Not only will she then be able to portray the graceful White Swan, Princess Odette, but also her sensual dark twin, Odile.

A powerful battle begins for Nina, first against her competitors, then more and more with herself as she struggles with portraying the erotic Dark Swan. The story strongly parallels that of the opera itself, containing polar elements like lust and shy chasteness, fear and bravery, and the most classic polar couple: love and hate.

Black Swan is a roller-coaster ride with the amazing Swan Lake music, that had me hide behind cushions for the first time since watching Drag Me to Hell.

It is definitely not for the faint of heart, as Nina gradually slides more and more into her personal black abyss and left me with goose-bumps all over my body as the credits began to roll.