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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Isabella's Papa

Isabella Rossellini's tribute film to her father, Roberto, is my ideal movie. "My Dad Is 100 Years Old" uses the medium of film to the Nth degree, taking full advantage of all of celluloid's assets. Directed by Guy Maddin and written and starring (in all roles) Isabella, this 16-minute gem shifts between the surreal and the real, and jumps between the past and the present. It feels like a dream in which its narrator is very much awake. The black and white flick is sweet, moving, funny, metaphysical, and deeply personal. Sundance Channel is broadcasting the film June 13 at 7 p.m. Check it out.

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