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Tonight I went and saw a film! Yay! 

Starbuck is a film from Quebec, staring awesome actors from Quebec (and a lot of good-looking 22-24 year-olds, my goodness.)

It's about a guy who donated a lot of sperm from 1988-1990 and due to a weird mix up, ended up fathering 533 children...and well, he only finds out about it 22 years later. The question is: What do you do when you have 533 children? As you can guess, it's a film about fatherhood.

It's a REALLY GOOD FILM, you guys. I recommend you all see it. It's hilarious, and touching, and really really well done. 

It's so well done, that Steven Spielberg has actually hired the same writer/director to write and direct an American version. Now, my friends and I all think that Spielberg is going to end up ruining it somehow, even though the writer/director is obviously awesome. We believe this because A)I don't like Spielberg, B)The studio (in this case DreamWorks) is probably going to force him to make changes for the American audience (like, remove the jokes about abortion, and the fact that the main character is attempting to have a grow-op in his apartment). Personally, we think changing anything would make the characters less real - because I think that's where the charm is in this film, the characters are all really very real and therefore very very awesome.

Also, why does there have to be an American version? Last time I checked, Americans could read. But that's a rant for another day, I suppose.

In all seriousness though, if you have the means, see the film. It's a delight. :)

Date: 2012-04-26 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missyjack.livejournal.com
ohh will keep an eye open for that one. Luckily in Aust we have some chance of seeing the Canadian version!

seriously i think there is a big rant to be had about american remakes, from the point of view of cultural insularity. I mean there is already so little exposure to other cultures (even English speaking ones) in the US, which I think is not only just a diservice to audience, but something that reinforces the cultural hegemony at play in the US. I mean it gets harder to argue that equitable provision of ehalth care is the work of the devil if your population is familiar with seeing it in oepration in other (similar) cultures. / ends rant.

Date: 2012-04-26 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I'm in complete agreement with you.

Definitely keep your eye out for the Canadian version! I might see the American version when it comes out just for comparison sake, but I really think that even with the same writer/director, the Americans will somehow find a way to suck all the charm out of the film. I'll be delighted if I'm wrong, of course.


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