So yeah. Buffet froid
. It was very interesting to see that film again after so many years. As I wrote earlier, I had seen it in 1992, and according to the diary I recovered from my old computer some months ago, Belgian TV broadcast it on 24 September and German TV on 13 December. I hadn't remembered seeing it twice. Memory is such an unreliable thing.( Collapse )
What had stayed with me was the laconic way in which death was treated. I have long since found out that (I've said it before) anything that puts life and death into perspective works as an anti-depressant for me, so it was easy to understand why this film had appealed to me. Still, I was surprised at the impact it had had. What I saw now was a pitch-black absurdist comedy, very amusing at times, but as soon as the credits rolled it had all but disappeared from my mind.
Whereas Yossi & Jagger
, on the other hand, was still there and refused to go away. I figured that perhaps this was one of those films that I could love even while being aware of all its flaws, a bit like Different for girls
, and by Saturday I had decided that I wanted it on DVD. So when I came home yesterday I went to Fame and fortunately they had a copy. I bought it, along with The panic in Needle Park
(YAY!), Young Frankenstein
, Analyze this
, and Ghost world
Back home I immediately played Yossi & Jagger
and I noticed that the things that had bothered me the first time hardly bothered me now. I've really made a complete about-turn. I still think the film is too short (a little over an hour), but that also means it has no room for sentimentality, while still being able to move the audience.
Unfortunately my copy was faulty. The images kept disintegrating, I don't know how to put it otherwise. I had never really considered the possibility that DVDs might not work (naive, I know), but last week a colleague told me she had had to go back with a DVD because it wouldn't play, and hey presto! here I am having problems too. Ack! I hope the rest of my collection is all right, there's a lot I haven't watched yet.
All the same, I was able to make several good screen caps (I learned how to yesterday, especially for the occasion).
I looked on the 'Net for a review of the Dutch release and didn't find it, but I did come across gay bookshop Vrolijk's website ('vrolijk' is a translation of the earlier meaning of 'gay', i.e. cheerful, light-hearted) and I found out that they not only have books, but also a large collection of DVDs. I thought they might also have a version with English subtitles, so this afternoon, after returning my copy to Fame, I headed for Vrolijk.
I found a British release of Dog day afternoon
(very unexpected, a triple yay!), and the Dutch release of Yossi & Jagger
(2 euros cheaper than at Fame). I was told that the former had no release with Dutch subtitles and the latter none with English (except the American region 1, which I can't play), so I bought both after making sure I could exchange my copy of Y&J
if it turned out to be faulty too.
Unfortunately that was the case. It looked exactly like the first one. So I went back to Vrolijk and got my money back. The guy at the counter told me that he had sold many already and had had no complaints, and that it was probably my disk drive having problems with this particular DVD, that happens sometimes. That did not make me vrolijk at all, in fact I was inordinately disappointed, considering I did not even like the film that much just a few days ago. Not even having found Dog day afternoon
could cheer me up, but later I remembered to have a look at Amazon UK and according to their website the British release of Y&J
will be on 14 November. So there is still hope I can get my hands on a copy I can play properly. And in the mean time I have my screen caps to keep me warm. :)