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MSPIFF: Sunday update

Posted at 11:16 AM on April 20, 2008 by Euan Kerr

"Son of Rambow" sold out last night, but the overflow seemed to be able to find something else of interest.

I took in "Travelling with Pets," a Russian film about Natalia, a young woman living with her brutish husband in the middle of nowhere where they work maintainging the rail tracks. When he drops dead one day, her life changes radically. Ksenia Kutepova plays Natalia with a quiet intensity which reminds you of a young Vanessa Redgrave.

I also caught "Sextet," the new film from Dutch director Eddy Terstall. His movie "Simon" was a great little piece about an unlikely friendship between a nationalistic soccer hooligan and a gay man.

"Sextet" also casts a skeptical eye on Dutch society, this time examining the way sexual mores have changed in recent years through a series of scenes being analyzed in a film class. As always happens with films like this, some parts work better than others. The scene where a group of actors shooting a low budget biblical video repeatedly show their complete lack of scriptural knowledge is hilarious. (One thinks it's a remarkable co-incidence that the man who betrays Chris is called Judas, given how he hears the name used nowadays.) However the rest of the film didn't quite seem to gel for me.

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