Aug. 24th, 2009

norwegianwood: (Disney-Enchanted)

Coco Avant Chanel
Year: 2009
Directed by: Anne Fontaine
Seen in: July 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: This film was truly unique, and definitely one of the best 'good mood' movies I've seen this year! The acting was fantastic, and I have to say that Audrey Tautou couldn't have portrayed this woman any better. She just inspires class anytime she breathes, and she's such a fantastic personality that the whole film stands on her. I loved finding out about Coco Chanel's life, and I have to say it really wasn't what I had expected to be watching. She was a very interesting person, a strong woman who never accepted no as an answer but who also had to compromise and make a series of choices that imposed her boundaries in order to find her freedom in the end. I absolutely loved the ending, which made me go out of the cinema with a smile and every intention of finding out everything I could about Coco Chanel.

The film was happy at times, sad at others, very funny but also extremely inspirational.
norwegianwood: (Japan-Geisha)

Twenties Girl
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Read in: 08/09
Rating: ★★★★★

My thoughts: When I started this book I was a little disappointed, as I didn't manage to get as much into it from the very first page as it had happened with all the other Sophie Kinsella books. But after reading a few chapters, I started finding this novel very fascinating, with the result that it is now one of my favourites by this author. What I like about it is that she put together two different centuries that somehow get in touch with each other. There is a supernatural element, but it is so clear that she did a huge amount of research to manage to write this book successfully. The result is an extremely funny and witty novel which is very moving and instructive in the end as well, with unexpected twists and interesting, believable characters, as usual. I really think Sophie Kinsella is growing as a writer, and her style and subjects are becoming more mature, and somehow deeper, but always without losing that amazing way she has of writing something incredibly true in which most people can recognize themselves. <3
norwegianwood: (Stock-GirlButterfly)

(500) Days of Summer
Year: 2009
Directed by: Marc Webb
Seen in: August 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: This movie could have ended in a very predictable way, but it didn't. I entered the cinema expecting a very conventional film with a very conventional ending, and I found something completely different. This film was absolutely hilarious at points, but also really made me think at others. I knew Zooey Deschanel was an amazing actress, but he is a brilliant actor too. The soundtrack is amazing, and the whole vibe of the movie just makes you want to watch it over and over again. It's a very cute film but also very deep and emotional at the same time. I loved it!

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