Wardi does The Interpreter

We watched The Interpreter the other night. And I liked it. Much to my surprise as I do not in any way like the stick that goes under the name of Nicole Kidman. Urgh.

Anyway, the film is interesting, touches on some interesting points, and touches is the key, I'd like to have seen it go into more depth with some of the things, especially more of the issues of what is going on in Africa. But of course, you cannot have every thing.

I found it particularly disturbing how at the beginning, there were some kids playing with a home made football in a deserted stadium, and moments later, one of those boys (10-12 years old??) shoots the brother of Kidman's character right in the face.

A very accomplished Danish actor, Jesper Christensen, plays one of the major parts (I have no doubt that he was "discovered" by Hollywood because of his role in this film). Funny how they find a Dane to play what is essentially a white (South)African - couldn't they find any Dutch or German actors?? ;-)

Danish actor aside, I thought the film worked well. I think I may have thought it was a kind of action film, but I was pleasantly surprised that it isn't. There's one bus that gets blown up, but that's about it.

One thing I particularly liked, was that at the start of the film, Kidman's character hears a whisper which sets the whole of the film going. And at the end, she has a man reading this:
The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear; but the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else, even when it's not shouting, even when it's just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard over armies when it's telling the truth.
The 'whisper' ties in nicely with the opening.

Sean Penn, as usual, is excellent.

And that's about it. Liked the film, would happily recommend it to anyone.

Monday, September 19, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:55 PM