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Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman) leads Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) down a dock in Moonrise Kingdom. The film, set in 1965, follows Sam and Suzy when they elope together into the wilderness of the fictitious New Penzance island.
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Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton play some of the adults who search for Sam and Suzy as a violent storm approaches their island.
In the first few minutes of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, the camera tracks horizontally and vertically along the cross-sectioned rooms of a house. It's one of the writer-director's signature visual tics, one that, like many of his techniques, announces his art as something artificial. Anderson isn't breaking the fourth wall, he's eliminating it, literally: all these rooms have only three, in order that we might glimpse the carefully choreographed ballet he has arranged for us inside.
During The Intouchables' opening sequence, a black driver takes a white passenger on a wild ride through contemporary Paris at speeds that attract the police. When pulled over, the motorist claims he's hurrying to the hospital, and his charge — who turns out to be quadriplegic — pretends to be having a seizure. After the cops depart, the two men share a laugh and a cigarette; then they roar off, blasting 1970s funk.
A once-promising writer turned heroin addict, Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is released from his rehabilitation center for a day for a job interview in Oslo. Even as he goes out into the world, his melancholy mood continues to plague him.
Joachim Trier's first film, Reprise, was a giddy, hyperstylized account of the delights and despairs of Norway's young literary set. His follow-up, Oslo, August 31st, features some of the same themes and one of the previous movie's stars. But the writer-director's mood has downshifted dramatically.
Soon after college, Bud Clayman found his filmmaking aspirations interrupted by mental illness. He documents his struggles with Asperger's syndrome, OCD, bipolar disorder and depression in a film that he says is not "about hand-washing," but about the endless circle of his thoughts.
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Clayman on the set as subject and co-director of OC87.
Bud Clayman is not the sort of person who typically attracts cameras. Pudgy, with a droning voice and a cackle his own father says makes him sound like a chicken, Clayman harbored dreams of becoming a filmmaker in Los Angeles after college — dreams complicated by his Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.
Three decades and several breakdowns later, he's made his first film: a document of his own struggles with mental illness.