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|TICKETS (directors: Abbas Kiarostami/Ken Loach/Ermanno Olmi; screenwriters: Abbas Kiarostami/Paul Laverty/Ermanno Olmi; cinematographers: Mahmoud Kalari/Chris Menges/Fabio Olmi; editors: Babak Karimi/Jonathan Morris/Giovanni Ziberna; music: George Fenton; cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (PR Lady), Blerta Cahani (Albanian immigrant mother), Klajdi Qorraj (Albanian immigrant kid), Martin Compston (Jamesy, Celtic Fan), Sanije Dedja (Grandmother), Carlo Delle Piane (Professor), Silvana De Santis (Grandmother), Gary Maitland (Spaceman), William Ruane (Frank), Filippo Trojano (Filippo), Roberto Nobile (Ticket Collector); Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: NR; producers:Babak Karimi/Rebecca O'Brien/Domenico Procacci/Carlo Cresto-Dina; Facets Video; 2005-Italy/UK/Iran-in Italian, English and Farsi, with English subtitles)|
type of portmanteau films
seldom work out as well as does this one."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
An omnibus film that's
by the three following acclaimed international realistic filmmakers:
Kiarostami ("Taste of Cherry"), England's Ken Loach ("The
Wind That Shakes the Barley") and Italy's Ermanno Olmi ("The Tree of
Wooden Clogs"). These type of portmanteau films seldom
work out as well as does this one. All three tales take place on the same train on the
same day, that goes from Austria to Rome.
The neo-realist Olmi aesthetically tracks an
Italian grandfather science professor (Carlo Delle Piane), who is seated in his first-class dining
car and his mind wanders as he becomes preoccupied with working on his
laptop, has fantasy thoughts of his beautiful and kindly PR rep (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) in Austria, his concerns about getting home
in time to celebrate his grandson's birthday, and
by observing through the glass coach door in the next car the
interactions of a poor refugee Albanian family being watched by the
soldiers (on the lookout for terrorists).
Kiarostami follows with a
disturbing elliptical tale of the strange relationship
between a domineering obnoxious obese older woman, the widow of a
general (Silvana De Santis), and the handsome polite young
serviceman (Filippo Trojano),
who in lieu of military duty is assigned to serve the widow. He
reluctantly looks after her until she insults him once too often and he
bolts, despite the certain repercussions to follow.
Loach, whose segment is the
most appealing, concludes with a tense but rousing story about three
loud-mouth numskull Scottish soccer fans (Martin Compson, Gary Maitland, William
Ruane) who encounter Olmi's
cash-strapped refugee family while on their way to a Celtic soccer
match in Rome and the profane working-class lads have to make a
decision about whether they can help the refugees even if it means they
risk finding themselves in a jam.
Tickets uses a public travel storyline as a metaphor for how Europe is troubled in dealing with its immigration problem, wishing to ignore it as an inconvenience. But for the refugees their plight is a matter of life and death.
REVIEWED ON 2/16/2011 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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