Far from Men review: Is there anything Viggo Mortensen can’t do?

Posted by Staff in Aug 02,2015 with No Comments

Algeria, 1954. An early scene tells us the basics of what those words mean in a few lines of dialogue: the guerillas are attacking French settlers, killing them and their herds. The war for independence has begun, and it is dirty.

Daru (Viggo Mortensen) hears this from a settler who comes to tell him to leave his one-room schoolhouse in the Atlas mountains. Daru refuses, although he sends the children home early and checks his shotgun. The school sits in a small depression in the mountains, surrounded by bare hills. Barren does not describe it. We see no village. The children walk miles to attend. They are all Algerian, not French. There’s a sense of absurdity as we see them learning to identify the rivers of France from a map on the blackboard.

Far from Men is based on a story by Albert Camus, the Nobel-prize winning Algerian-French author who had a profound impact on the political and literary culture of his times. He died in a car crash in France in 1960, three years after he published Exile and the Kingdom, a collection of stories that contained The Guest, the basis for this film. David Oelhoffen​, the French writer and director, takes the film far beyond what Camus wrote. Needs must, as the story never left the valley and its schoolhouse. The movie goes on the road – or rather, into the mountains, as Daru becomes a reluctant escort for an Arab prisoner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: Viggo Mortensen shines in Far From Men, a buddy movie with soul

Posted by Staff in Jul 29,2015 with No Comments

Here we have an odd, yet affecting adaptation of the Albert Camus short story The Guest, reimagined as a classic western set in northern Africa, of all places.

A refined anchoring performance from the famously gymnastic linguist Viggo Mortensen (speaking fluent French and Arabic here) is the trump card played by this stylish production.

The ever-charismatic American leading man plays Daru, an Algerian soldier-turned-schoolteacher who must take a man accused of murder on a journey to face trial in a nearby town.

Daru’s charge goes by the name of Mohamed (Reda Kateb, a face who will be most familiar to fans of Zero Dark Thirty). Though seemingly resigned to an unpleasant fate, Mohamed is not the kind of man to let a travesty like simple bad luck get the better of him.

The unusual bond that develops between Daru and Mohamed could have come off as rather corny, were it not for the beautifully synced performances of the two actors playing them.

Evocative cinematography and a suitably restrained score by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave also maintain a strong connection with viewers at those times where dialogue all but disappears from the film.

Perhaps the first existential “buddy movie” ever committed to celluloid, but in no way the obscure or emotionally remote experience many who know of Camus’ work might have thought. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen at the Opening Night – Munich Film Festival 2015

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Viggo Mortensen attends the Opening Night of the Munich Film Festival 2015 at Bayerischer Hof on June 25, 2015 in Munich, Germany. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos and enjoy!

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2015 Appearances & Events > Opening Night – Munich Film Festival 2015

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‘Jauja’ Starring Viggo Mortensen Announced for Blu-ray

Posted by Staff in Jul 02,2015 with No Comments

The western drama will arrive on Blu-ray in July, and you can pre-order the film here.

In an early announcement to retailers, Cinema Guild is preparing ‘‘Jauja‘ for Blu-ray on July 21.

An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, ‘Jauja’ (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s. Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory to find the young couple. Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, ‘Jauja’ (the name suggests a fabled city of riches sought by European explorers) is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.

Specs have not been detailed yet, but supplements will include: Untitled (Letter to Serra) (2011, 23 minutes), a film by Lisandro Alonso; Untitled (2009, 1 minute), a teaser by Lisandro Alonso for the BAFICI Film Festival; Press Conference with Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen at the 52nd New York Film Festival; Booklet featuring the essay, Into the Unknown, by film critic Quintin; and Theatrical Trailer.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $34.95. [Source]

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Viggo Mortensen at the ‘Lejos de los Hombres’ Madrid Photocall

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Viggo Mortensen attends the ‘Lejos de Los Hombres’ photocall at Ideal Cinema on June 19, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos and enjoy!

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2015 Appearances & Events > ‘Lejos de los Hombres’ Madrid Photocall
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‘Bourne 5′: Viggo Mortensen Eyed for Villain

Posted by Staff in Jun 22,2015 with No Comments

The plot of Bourne 5 is still under wraps, but if nothing else we can expect it to involve an old friend and a new enemy. Julia Stiles is set to reunite with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for the film, while Viggo Mortensen is being eyed to play the villain. More on the Bourne 5 Viggo Mortensen and Julia Stiles casting after the jump.

Deadline reports Stiles has already closed a deal to reprise her role as Nicky Parsons, a former Treadstone technician who becomes an ally and sorta-kinda love interest to Jason Bourne (Damon). She is the only character besides Bourne to appear in all three of the original Bourne trilogy films. This makes Stiles the second actor confirmed for the movie, after Damon.

Meanwhile, TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider is reporting that Mortensen has been offered the role of the villain. Alicia Vikander was additionally up for a major role as of a few weeks ago. However, neither of them are confirmed at this time.

The new Bourne film will be the fifth in the franchise. It pulls the focus back to Jason Bourne, after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy centered on a new character named Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner). Aaron is not expected to appear in the upcoming movie. Although there have been rumors of an eventual crossover, any plans for another Aaron Cross-centric film are still up in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

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