Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jason goes to SFJFF--Day 8

Okay, the last night of the festival in Palo Alto. A month ago Thursday:

First up was MY SHORTEST LOVE AFFAIR, a frank and sexy drama about a pair of lovers who reunite after 20 years apart and after one night of passion they learn two things. First, they're going to become parents. Second, that they don't really work well as a couple. Over the nine months of the pregnancy they argue, they fight, they're...pretty awful to each other. But they always get back together and at least try to make it work. Whether or not that's a good idea is up to the viewer to decide (spoiler alert: it's not.)

And finally we ended the Palo Alto week with a screwball comedy, MR KAPLAN. Septugenarian Uruguayan Jew Jacob Kaplan worries that his life hasn't amounted to much. Certainly compared to great figures like Winston Churchill or Simon Weisenthal. As his abilities fade (and he loses his driver's license) he becomes obsessed with an old German man living nearby whom his graddaughter calls "the Nazi." Is he, perhaps, an actual Nazi war criminal who has escaped detection for so many decades? Perhaps he can play the Weisenthal to this man's Eichmann? Along with a drunk ex-cop Kaplan hires to be his chauffeur, the game is afoot. And of course, wacky hijinx ensue.

Total Running Time: 176 minutes
My Total Minutes: 405,120

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