"I loved the script" - it's Amigorena's own - "I said no to a lot of Hollywood films with the gun stuff because the girl had to play this object: passive and seductive, and I found it boring.When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.It's set in the few days before 9/11; her character, a French secret service agent, speaks Arabic and is a whizz with guns."Santiago loves James Bond," she says fondly, before erupting into that dirty laugh.Meaning, do you know what the Frenchest thing you can do is? And, really, who can blame her for turning to Paris, and, possibly, one of its cool, artistic denizens?Win a César Award for an Olivier Assayas movie about acting, in which you co-star with Juliet Binoche, then doing another Assayas movie, a “ghost story that takes place in the fashion underworld of Paris” that is rumored to be at the Cannes Film Festival in a few months, and then start dating a French singer, named So Ko, who makes music like this: a French person? We think she’s made some good choices here, frankly.There are reasons, some valid, some not, and all of them can be interpreted as excuses rather than reason. If you thought yes even just a little, then DAN IN REAL LIFE, the new comedy from director Peter Hedges, is a must-see.In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved, and rehoused in a sleek, expensively built, technologically advanced new body, enhancing her original abilities at some cost to her identity.
She throws back her head and gives a wonderful, snorty laugh - quite at odds with her serious arthouse persona.
(In a significant departure from the source, the issue of the character’s cultural appropriation is given a tacit script workaround here that is both rather clever and unlikely to quell debate.) Sanders, stepping up his game considerably from 2012’s gorgeous but inert “Snow White and the Huntsman,” throws in a few painstaking replicas of shots and images from the 1995 animated version of “Ghost in the Shell” to appease the devoted, but is largely content to let this telling move to its own rhythm — a driving, furious one that brings the complex proceedings in at a snappy 107 minutes.
(That may be half an hour longer than the animated original, yet it somehow feels the more restless film.) From a fleeting shot of clattering, spider-like cyborg fingers to an extended garbage-truck chase, stray images and set pieces from the animated films cleanly compress Shirow’s version of events and structure them, arguably, more along Western lines.
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Kristen Stewart—child actress turned avatar of teen vampire lust turned internationally lauded, César Award–winning film actress—is in Paris at the moment, and the tabloids are chattering away about some photographs that show Stewart holding hands and kissing her supposed girlfriend, French singer So Ko.