Jeg synes, vi skal overtage Time-filmanmelder-parret (gift i 45 år) Richard og Mary Corliss' 5-finger-regel; de er dialogisk til filmfestival i Venedig og ser HBO-miniserien Olive Kitteridge, som vi klart også skal se, premiere først i november:
RC: It happens that the first screening of Olive Kitteridge,
which concentrates on a couple married for some 40 years, was scheduled
for the evening of our 45th wedding anniversary. Do we watch the movie
for four hours, or have a delightful memorial dinner at some lovely Lido
restaurant? Since I hadn’t read a page of the book, and Mary had been
enraptured and haunted by it, I thought she should decide whether we go
to the film and how long we stayed.
MC: We let the movie decide. If it grabbed Richard
and didn’t seem to me like a betrayal of the book, we would stay. For
decades at festivals, we’ve had a signal when a movie exasperates one or
both of us: raising the five fingers of one hand, meaning that if it
doesn’t drastically improve in the next five minutes, we leave.
RC: And after two minutes of Olive Kitteridge, you flashed the five!
MC: I was jolted by the opening scene of Frances
McDormand as Olive in the woods, gun in hand, preparing to kill herself.
I thought it announced a film that was going to turn all the delicate
nuances of the novel into blatant, explosive statements. Yet things
quickly calmed down; the storytelling got sharper and the characters
soon bore a family resemblance to those in the book. We stayed for all