SIFF 2014 Musings and Reviews –
May 16, 2014 was the start to this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. As usual I forwent the
Opening Night Gala and began my festival on the first Friday by seeing two films. I only made it to one
documentary on Saturday (I do have a life beyond SIFF!), and rounded out my weekend with two very
different comic dramas on Sunday.
Everything We Loved – New Zealand
Proof that sometimes a trailer and a description of a film can be VERY misleading. This was one moody
little nub of a movie. I was not engaged with any of the characters at all. I just waited for the two leads
to get caught for their crime for the entire 100 minutes, and even when that happened, it wasn’t a
satisfying feeling. Wasted potential here.
Attila Marcel – France
The first live-action film from director Sylvain Chomet who has thrilled us previously with animated
gems, The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist. This movie was a visually stunning, quirky, whimsical
musical treat! Like a darker, slightly edgier “Amelie”. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory – USA
My first documentary of the festival was this enjoyable look at how music can be used as a treatment
for the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Really remarkably touching.
In Order of Disappearance – Norway
Norwegian “Fargo” y’all! A dark comic thriller that was so damn enjoyable, it may end up being my
favorite film of the festival and it’s only opening weekend! Starring the always great, Stellan Skarsgard
as a Swedish émigré snow-plow driver living in a small northern Norwegian town. His quaint, idyllic life
is turned upside down when his son his murdered and he sets out to avenge his son’s death. Please look
for this film at your local arthouse theaters – it is a gem!
The Double – U.K.
Do you like the movie Brazil, but wish it were more boring and starred Jesse Eisenberg instead of
Jonathan Pryce? Then “The Double” is for you. Adapted from a Dostoyevsky novella by actor-turned-
director Richard Ayoade. I really liked Ayoade’s first film “Submarine” from 2010. I wish this one had