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In July


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Film: C+



Many French and German films have been trying to be as hip as American films that have been duplicating The French New wave in the first place, but In July (2004) tries to mix it with the American Screwball comedy when it gets its Quentin Tarantino ambitions out of its system in the first few sequences.  Too bad it thinks that masculinity in a screwball comedy is about the guy becoming a man if a good woman could just get him to come out of his shell.


Daniel (Moritz Bleibtreu from the slightly overrated Run Lola Run) is that nerd, a teacher who is sexually oppressed and not connected to his animal self.  Several of the women around him thinks he has “potential” (To be used?  Lied to?) and Juli (Christiane Paul) is the one who goes the furthest in turning his life upside down.  Despite her outgoingness, they are interesting together, but the chemistry is limited because it is predictable that she will tone down a bit as he does his best to become more “manly” to the extent that happens.


Writer/director Faith Akin is just too loose with his ideas of what Cary Grant and Ryan O’Neil represented respectively in Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Peter Bogdanovich’s What’s Up Doc? (1972), insofar as what their masculinity was and what was being sent up about it.  If he says he has never seen these films, I would doubt that.  If he says he does, it is obvious he missed the point, unless it was just to make money off of Bleibtreu’s newly found fame.  This film hardly uses the interesting actor to best effect, but fans will still enjoy him one way or the other. 


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is not bad, but some of the detail is sort of lost from whatever the original source was.  Cinematographer Pierre Aim does his best to do every kind of kinetic shooting he can, but it’s too bad we have seen most of this before.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3 is more vibrant than usual, offering some articulation around the speakers atypical of most Dolby mixes.  The film was even a Dolby Digital-only release, so that it was not DTS is a further surprise, but if it were DTS, this would have had some great demonstration-quality moments.  Extras include interviews with the director and two leads, plus the original trailer, but not much else.  In July is a mixed bag, worth seeing if it sounds like something you might be interested in.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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