Film premieres: “House of Gucci” and “The dog that doesn’t shut up” arrives

The dog that does not shut up ★★★★

The sixth film of Ana Katz, seen in the Latin American Competition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival, is perhaps his most sensitive and personal film. In black and white, with his brother Daniel Katz as the main character, a film born out of falling in love with certain images and ideas. Some very profound ones, such as the one transmitted to him by a poem by the Chilean Pedro Lemebel, from which the title arises and which made the director think of everything that we keep and that accompanies us throughout life: the issues that are not silent.

It is a shocking, memorable text, The five minutes make you bloom in which Lemebel refers to a terrible scene from his childhood. An image that “repeats itself over time, has been with me ever since like ‘a dog that won’t let me down or shut up'”.

Ana Katz speaks the language of cinema. Movies like The wandering bride or My friend from the park they confirm this, in a work that has sometimes had the collaboration of his brother in the scripts.

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In this film, written together with the Uruguayan Gonzalo Delgado (there are other presences from the neighboring country, such as the always welcome of Mirella Pascual, the actress from Whiskey), Daniel Katz is Sebastian. A boy who matures between temporary jobs and even going through a strange pandemic, with a special sensitivity that connects him with the little things and unites him with people.

Put like this, citing the synopsis, it seems somewhat vague, capable of frightening those who suspect the absence of a story. But the truth is that The dog that does not shut up it contains a good story or, in fact, several, like the ones we put together throughout life. Although it escapes the formatting of the pre-chewed audiovisual narrative, to which logarithms have accustomed us, with its predictable intro and ending.

Sebastian he has a dog, actually a bitch, who does not shut up. And the neighbors complain. From there, he loses his job, goes to the fields, takes care of a sick person, meets a group of caring farmers and joins them, falls in love, cooks for his mother’s friends. He even suffers, like the others, the consequences of a pandemic that forces him to wear a kind of diving suit on his head or to walk crouched because it is not contagious at less than 1.20 in height. Yes, the movie was filmed before the coronavirus.

Ana Katz's sixth film, seen in the Latin American Competition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival, is perhaps her most sensitive and personal film (Photo: press).
Ana Katz’s sixth film, seen in the Latin American Competition of the Mar del Plata Film Festival, is perhaps her most sensitive and personal film (Photo: press).

Katz play with the pitch changes. The absurd, muffled humor, so present in his cinema, suddenly turns into a terrible and moving situation that belies any comedy. The lightness of everyday life can lead to the saddest look in the universe, the product of loss. Like Sebastian, The dog that does not shut up asks questions, and reveals, with sensitivity and intelligence, the nonsense of what we take for granted and we obey in the lives that we have to live.

In this drift there is perhaps an eccentricity (outside the center) that threatens to spill over. And that the viewer goes from the welcome surprise (and now what) to a certain boredom (and what else), in particular with the inclusion of dystopia, of the fantastic.

But although his contribution to the “plot” may feel somewhat capricious, it makes up one of the various “episodes” in Sebastian’s life. A melancholic fresco that manages to catch a sign of the time: the uncertainty and the absence of truths that assure things. That advances with a beautiful handling of the ellipsis. And that hints that certainty can be found in the love of one bitch, in laughter with the other, on a sunny afternoon.

House of Gucci ★★★

“Gucci does not belong to a shopping mall, but to a museum.” The phrase flies into a family discussion and sums up some of the tensions that stirred in the heart of one of the most prestigious houses in the luxury industry. Prestigious family business, at least until the eighties, when the scandals that led to jail began Aldo gucci (Al Pacino, in the film that premieres today). The man responsible for the international expansion of the leather goods brand founded by his father, Guccio Gucci.

The phrase also serves to illustrate the differences in origin between Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) and Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga). He, a rather shy young heir. A fine, cultured guy, and quite cold. Lawyer, without much interest in the company that has made his family rich. She, a ‘neighborhood’ girl, without much instruction, but with determination and aspirations. One of those destined to be satisfied with brand-new accessories, because I could never afford an original one. But also one of those determined to twist that fate: able to write his phone number on Maurizio’s Vespa, whom he pursues, with the lipstick that later makes up his mouth.

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Between true crime and the glamorous soap opera, House of gucci, a long-planned and directed project by Ridley Scott, move to images the start, rise and fall of that love story that accompanies those of the maison Italian. A story that made the headlines of newspapers and newscasts, consumed with the curiosity caused by the catastrophes of the rich and famous. A fascination that remains, so many years later, thanks to the enormous appeal of this world of luxury. The backdrops of a great fashion house: House of gucci must be the movie more hypeada of the year.

House of Gucci portrays the tensions that raged in the heart of one of the most prestigious houses in the luxury industry (Photo: press).
House of Gucci portrays the tensions that raged in the heart of one of the most prestigious houses in the luxury industry (Photo: press).

Of course, the other factor is Lady Gaga, in a new major role in film after the impact of A Star is Born. Much has been said about his preparation for this real character (in addition, Reggiani lives and has served a long time in prison). The training in the Italian accent, the way to walk and move with that ornate wardrobe and jewelry, the serious study that she carried out on the taste and the vibes of Patrizia.

There is something in his eccentric interpretation in tune with the general bet: operatic, ornate and bordering on caricature. Just look at Jared Leto’s Paolo Gucci (Aldo’s “idiotic” son who aspires to become a designer), the affected Rodolfo (Maurizio’s father, in charge of Jeremy Irons), or Salma Hayek’s media witch, to understand it right away.

Seeing Lady Gaga on screen is quite a show. A performance that sustains the excessive 2.37 hours of the film, even in its less entertaining sections.

There is a nerve in the first part, when Maurizio and Patrizia meet and their story progresses, which is lost with the passing of the minutes. When a series of insubstantial or elongated scenes begin to occur that, without notable visual resolutions, lead to wishing for the ending that we know in advance.

TO House of gucci lacks a powerful idea or small ideas that convey some of the inspiration what is the director of Blade runner, from Alien or this same year The last duel.

Patrizia Reggiani is played by Lady Gaga (Photo: press).
Patrizia Reggiani is played by Lady Gaga (Photo: press).

Yet true crime About the Gucci clan, led by Ridley Scott, that shouldn’t happen to him. Although several weighty elements are combined so that House of gucci make us have a good time. The grace of the interpreters, even those in charge of unlikely characters; a soundtrack full of familiar themes from the eighties and nineties (from Blondie to Eurythmics to Bowie to Tracy Chapman); and a certain final spark, with the appearance of, finally, something of fashion, by the hand of Tom Ford. The Texan who pulled Gucci out of the crisis to become one of the brands most successful on the planet. Without any Gucci in your directory.

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