Movie Review: L’Accordeur It has tobe reckoned that the short film titled L’Accordeur or The Piano Tuner(2010), directed by the famous cinematic artist, Oliver Treiner, goes on toleave a lasting mark in the minds of the avid audience with its quintessentialportrayal and affective appeal. This is a 13-minute short film, but it echoesin one’s mind for a long time. A close introspection of the story and theelements of this film would make one and all comprehend the sheer brilliancethat is associated with this cinematic work that has been able to collect theaccolades of the audience as well as gain the appreciation of the critics ofworld cinema. There can be no denial of the fact that this is an intriguingfilm that engages the audience right from the very inception. Thisshort film is, in fact, a thriller, that hogs the attention as it portrays thisyoung man as the male protagonist of the story.
This ingenious short film goeson to portray this protagonist who is a failed musician and works as a pianotuner instead. He does all of this while he pretends to be blind. While theaudience might feel that the inception is quite innocent in nature, the filmportrays his voyeuristic existence as the protagonist has the upper hand ofwatching people while they are unaware of the fact that this man is in realitynot blind. Thus, this short film goes on to portray a very gripping narrativehook. It would not be an exaggeration to opine that this film by Treiner is awork of sheer innovative idea and brilliance.
There canbe no denial that this short film is very well executed. The script is verycommendable and the narrative continues in a perfect pace so as to engage theaudience in the best possible way. The Piano Tuner is highly successfulin transforming this very interesting premise of the story to a greatly craftedthriller in quintessential style, indeed. This cinematic work goes on to relatea successful character development with the perfect mesh of emotions in theshort span of just thirteen minutes- something that makes this cinematicendeavor more noteworthy. One can identify a number of emotions within the spanof the film ranging from depression, humor, sensuality to very intriguingsuspense.
It is truly a difficult task to cover so much of affective appealwithin the short span of time, but the director shows his aesthetic sense as hedelivers with utmost skill and panache. All ofthese things are fantastically supplemented by the male protagonist’soccupation of being a piano tuner. One needs to note the fact that the auralprofession of the male protagonist goes on to provide the most befittingcontrast to the supposed disability of the character.
As such, his acutelydeveloped auditory capacity ought to work so as to counterbalance for the lackof his vision. However, as he feigns his blindness, he finds access to thehouses of many people, and thus he becomes a silent witness to many things thathe should not be able to see if he is known to be an abled person by thosepeople. Thus, the director develops the dramatic element of this short film soas to grip the audience. Cinematically, the drama on the screen gets accompanied by a classicalpiano tone so as to create a perfect milieu of suspense and interest for theaudience of the film. It has to be reckoned that the piano notes are simple yetvery oddly suspenseful in nature.
These notes surely catapult the film’saffective influence on the audience so as to ignite the milieu of suspense. Onething that needs to be noted is that most of the music of this short film isdiegetic in nature. As such, the suspense of the narrative builds up naturallyand the audience never feels that they are being manipulated by the elements ofcinematic techniques into feeling what the director intends to ignite in thehearts of the audience of the film. This is surely a sign of very smartfilmmaking prowess on the part of the director of this film. In termsof the visuals shown in the course of the film, it has to be commented that thefilm surely looks very sharp. The visuals of this cinematic work are filledwith exquisite cinematography along with a number of visual quarks that work upto the point not distracting the audience of the film. The film goes on to usethe auditory as well as visual senses as an effective cinematic leitmotif. Onesuch example can be found in the moment where the film shows the maleprotagonist’s eye peering through a fishbowl.
The film’s first minute goes onto provide the preview to the ambiguous and creepy climatic sequence of thenarrative. All of this makes the film a very interesting piece of cinematicwork that hogs the attention in all the ways possible. While it is the mainambition of any filmmaker to stir the audience with the aesthetic portrayal inthe medium of communication, this film does that successfully so as to gain theaccolades of the audience. One hasto admit the fact that the director of this short film, Oliver Treiner, ishighly successful in crafting a very effective and stirring sensory experiencefor his audience. Moreover, the adept directorial work is supported by the skillfulacting of the characters.
No doubt, the story of this short film is truly wellwritten. The crux of the matter is that this film has the mood, visuals and theplot coming together to create the ingenious experience on the screen for theentire span of 13 minutes. This makes the film by Treiner very effective in itsportrayal and works for the audience as well.
At theclimax, the male protagonist ends up in a situation owing to his deceptivepractice. One can recall that at one point of time, one of the characters hadopined, “We are surrounded by voyeurs and exhibitionists.” Now, this voyeur isfaced with the threat of his life. This short film is truly a very boldstatement about morality, greed and voyeurism. The film goes on to explore verycomplex themes with the dash of simplicity that is indeed refreshing for theaudience of the cinematic work.
However, as the story unfolds, the film goes onto pose a number of very difficult questions in front of the audience. Althoughthe answers are not too clear to the audience, but it is the sheer ambiguity ofthe narrative of the film that makes the work reach its zenith in terms ofaffective appeal and aesthetic quintessence. It wouldbe correct to conclude that Oliver Treiner’s film is one of the finest shortsfilms made in the history of cinema. He proves his cinematic capability withthe perfect mesh of technical skills and filmic language. Indeed, like aliterary short story, this film leaves the audience thinking about the film fora long time. The film works like a trance on the minds of the avid audiencewhose ears ring with the beautiful piano tunes as the horrific last image ofthe film fails to get blurred the minds.
The Dark Knight Rises (film symbolic use) It has tobe taken into reckoning that the film, TheDark Knight Rises, directed by the stalwart director, Christopher Nolan, isone of the milestones in the history of world cinema. This film has not only earnedthe accolades of the audience, but has also been hailed by the critics ofcinema. It would be apt to opine that the film portrays clear examples ofmaterial culture in the course of the narrative of the story. In this film,when the antagonist, Bane, goes on to reveal the truth about Harvey Dent andreleases the prisoners after neutralizing the presence of law and order of theGotham city, the rich people are the ones who are at the receiving end. Allthis while during the initial chaos in the city, the rich people were notreally in the scene of occurrences or were not truly bothered. They were safein their havens of material culture while the law and order went on to getdeteriorated.
It is a clear sign of material culture to show in the course of thefilm that the affluent people are dragged from their homes with theirproperties being expropriated. The entire scenario revolves aroundmaterialistic possessions and the disparity in the society created on the basisof material culture. It is really intriguing to find how this film hasquintessentially portrayed the material culture in the story making it thecenter of all the actions at this juncture of the narrative. Thus, theexistence of materialism looms over the scintillating story of the film incontext.
Asmentioned, the disparity between the classes of people or groups of Gothamcitizens is created by the difference of material possessions or property. Thisis the telltale sign of materialism being the driving force of the action. Thepeople who take the opportunity of Bane’s dominance go on to victimize thewealthy people of the city.
The rich people are made to face show trials thatare presided over by Dr. Jonathan Crane. Here, the rich people are allsentenced to death. As such, one can very well comprehend that the people ofGotham city are ready to go to the extent of killing others so as to gain thematerialistic things. The very fact that the properties of the rich people areexpropriated is the clear indicator of this tendency. Thus, the audience cancomprehend the film from a sociological perspective.
Killing someone else is asheer act of criminality and is inhuman to say the least. The fact that all thepeople who were being tried in the courts during the phase of anarchy in the Gothamcity shows the desperation of the people who felt deprived of the materialisticpleasures and properties that were accessible to the other people of the city. Now, oneneeds to reckon that materialistic things are very powerful in our culture. Allour lives revolve around comforts, pomp and grandeur. It is the pursuit of oneand all to find the ultimate comforts in life. Also, it needs to be noted thatin the consumerist society, the term happiness has come to be synonymous withmaterialistic pleasure. People think of the materialistic things to be thesource of their happiness and well-being.
Hence, their pursuit and resolutionto gain the amenities and comforts in life becomes the main reason of strivingin this mortal world. The inclination toward art and aesthetics or divinepleasure in beauty of literature gets replaced by the competition of people tolead in the race of acquiring and enjoying material comforts. It is trulycommendable to see the film in context put limelight on this issue in thecourse of the narrative so as to leave the audience stirred to the very core.