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For 5000 years seekers and gurus have
been investigating true happiness and
enlightenment. In India this pathway has been
Satsang is being in the company of the
highest truth with an awakened teacher and a
gathering of seekers who listen to, talk about
and investigate their true nature.
Vishrant's enquiry into the true nature
of existence began as a teenager in the early
1970's, leading him into spiritual practices and
a life of service. On 31st May 1999 awakening
occurred and he has been holding Satsang
daily, teaching a way of life that supports heart
For more information contact
Dakini Williams 0405 032 042 or
for Satsang schedule.
FILM REVIEWS BY MICHAEL PERROT
★★★★★ so good ★★★★ really good ★★★ pretty good ★★ not so good ★ no good
Written and directed by Olivier Nakache and
Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey
Fleurot & Anne Le Ny
Runtime: 112 minutes
WITH its opening scene the French film
The Intouchables prepares us for what's to
come and then goes on to tell us how we
get there. Based on a true story of friendship
and trust, you will laugh, you will cry and,
because the story suspends belief at times,
you may cringe in places. So see it before a
Hollywood studio makes an English language
version of it, because they'll probably make
a mess of it.
This third feature for writer/directors
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano was
a big box office success in France. As a
real crowd pleaser and so well crafted, it
encourages us not to take it too seriously. At
the same time, it's hard not to be charmed
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THE INTOUCHABLES [M]
TO ROME WITH LOVE [M]
Written and directed by Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Alec
Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Judy Davis, Ellen
Page & Roberto Benigni
Runtime: 112 minutes
EVERY year Woody Allen makes a new
movie. Last year, it was Midnight in Paris,
which won him yet another Oscar for the
screenplay. This year it's To Rome with
Love, probably his funniest since Small
Time Crooks, but, just like that movie,
not one of his best. Trying to do for Rome
what he did for Paris, he plays a leading
part in this kaleidoscopic comedy. Maybe,
though, he should have stayed behind
the camera, like he did last year. With
too many of his old gags, some satirical
miss hits and seldom subtle, it is,
nevertheless, laugh out loud funny.
The movie is framed around four
stories involving people in Rome for a
particular reason, event or occasion and
the misunderstandings, romantic advent-
ures and predicaments they get into. With
every Hollywood actor wanting a role in
a Woody Allen movie, this ensemble cast
provides what all his screenplays deserve
-- great casting and fine performances.
Retired opera director Jerry
(Woody Allen) and his psychoanalyst
wife Phyllis (Judy Davis), fly into Rome
to meet their daughter Hayley's (Alison
Pill) Italian fiancée, Michelangelo (Flavio
Parenti). When Jerry hears Michelangelo's
mortician father Giancarlo (renowned
tenor Fabio Armiliato), singing an aria in
the shower, he's amazed. Convinced this
talent deserves a hearing, and hoping it
might also rejuvenate his career, Jerry
sets out to promote Giancarlo.
Well known American architect John
(Alec Baldwin), on holiday in Rome,
searches for the street he lived in when
Phillippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy,
cultured quadriplegic. Confined to a wheel-
chair after a paragliding accident, he needs
24/7 professional carers, but they don't stay
long because of Phillippe's attitude. Joining
a line of carers waiting to be interviewed for
the job is Driss (Omar Sy), an unemployed
young black man with a criminal record.
Driss isn't really there for the job, he just
wants a signature on his job interview form
to get the dole. Jumping the queue, he
demands a signature and also makes some
inappropriate remarks about both Phillippe
and his secretary Magalie (Audrey Fleurot),
who is conducting the interviews.
Told to come back the next day for
his signature, he returns home, where his
mother tells him to leave the house and
not to come back. Returning to Phillippe's
mansion for the signature, he learns he's
been hired for a trial period after training.
The 24/7 job requires him to live in the
mansion, where, with his own bathroom and
a large bed, he's in clover. Phillippe is fed up
with the prissy, university-trained profession-
als and, having spent his life living danger-
ously, he's prepared to take a risk with Driss.
Told by his lawyer that Driss has a criminal
record and shouldn't be trusted, Phillippe
dismisses his advice.
After Driss's caring reaction to one of
Phillippe's middle of the night panic attacks,
he confirms Phillippe's faith in him. Soon
Driss is very much part of the household
and flirting with Magalie. The housekeeper
Yvonne (Anne Le Ny) thinks he is a hoot.
When Driss discovers Phillippe's garage
contains a Maserati sports saloon, he finds
room in the boot for the wheelchair and
ditches the SUV. Now, Driss is changing
Phillippe's life and taking him paragliding
■ The Intouchables is in cinemas October 25.
he was studying in the city. Here he runs
into Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), a young
student architect. Watching Jack falling in love
with Monica (Ellen Page), his girlfriend Sally's
(Greta Gerwig) flirtatious actress friend, John
relives his most painful romantic experience.
Leopoldo Pisanello (Roberto Benigni),
a boring, inoffensive office clerk, leaves his
home to find a media pack wanting to
photograph and question him. For no apparent
reason, he has suddenly become the most
famous man in Italy. It means he's asked
ridiculous questions on TV and the paparazzi
follow him everywhere. But they soon find
someone else and he realises the cost of
Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) arrives from
the provinces hoping to impress his con-
servative relatives with his pretty new bride
Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi), in the hope
of landing an important big city job. Through
comic misunderstandings and bad luck,
the couple becomes separated for the day.
Antonio ends up having to pretend a popular
prostitute, played by Penélope Cruz, is his
wife, while Milly is being seduced by a
famous Italian movie star.
■ To Rome with Love is in cinemas October 18
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