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We’ll Never Have Paris, the closing night film at the Edinburgh Film festival, is a romantic comedy directed by Simon Helberg & Jocelyn Towne. Based on a true story about neurotic hypochondriac, wannabe jazz pianist Quinn (Simon Helberg) and his girlfriend of 10 years, Devon (Melanie Lynskey). When Quinn decides to propose to his girlfriend of 10 years, his beautiful co-worker Kelsey (Maggie Grace) realises that she is in love with him. With Quinn feeling confused and uncertain now as to whether he should marry the one and only girl he has ever been with, he somehow manages to turn a conversation about the future into a breakup chat. Devon unsurprisingly packs her things to go and stay with her parents while Quinn is left to discover what it’s like to be single. After the lust for Kelsey has worn off, he realises just how much he wants to be with Devon and that she is indeed ‘the one’.
Devon has realised however that she needs some time and space to find herself and heads to Paris, where Quinn manages to track her down and with a minimal plan of action, decides to win her back and take her back to America. Unsurprisingly he fails, and she refuses to go back with him, so he returns back to his old life minus Devon.
The film is shot beautifully, particularly the scenes in Paris. However you feel slightly awkward for the entirety of the film, as Quinn seems to always say the wrong things at the wrong time, and you wonder how he ever got Devon to like him, let alone other females. Helberg is great at playing a neurotic and narcissistic character, but unlike his character in the Big Bang Theory, you never love him, or find his mannerisms funny.
An adaptation of Larry Brown’s book, Joe is story of friendship, violence, and choosing the path to redemption. Director David Gordon Green brings Nicholas Cage back to his indie roots, starring as Joe, an ex-con trying to avoid his violent instincts, and live a peaceful life. This all changes when he meets Garry (Tye Sheridan), a teenager with an
alcoholic drifter father, Wade, who beats him and the rest of his family. Joe takes Garry under his wings, and gives him a job, inadvertently becomes his role model. With local town bully Willie-Russell (Ronnie Gene Blevins) out to get revenge on Joe for a recent bar brawl, Joe is in danger of slipping back to his violent past. With Willie-Russell not
being able to get revenge on Joe, he seeks to get revenge by taking it out on Garry and his family. When Garry’s pariah father, Wade, unexpectedly enters into a clandestine partnership with Willie-Russell, the plot thickens leading to the explosive/ violent climax of the film.
The film is beautifully shot, with fantastic cinematography and stunning locations that have as much impact as the actors themselves do. Nicholas Cage brings a surprising sensitivity to the role of Joe, a good man at heart who is troubled by his violent past. Tye Sheridan shows promise with his skilful depiction of an impoverished youth whose
innocence may be shattered by his loyalty to his destitute family. The film is almost overshadowed by the magnificent Gary Poulter (Wade), who was cast by Gordon Green, after meeting him on the streets of Texas, where he had been living for the past years. Definitely a must see film if you like dark, brooding dramas.