The Fable (2019)

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The Fable: Directed by Kan Eguchi. With Jun’ichi Okada, Fumino Kimura, Mizuki Yamamoto, Sôta Fukushi. Trained as a ruthless assassin since childhood, a mob hitman is ordered to become a normal law-abiding citizen.

“Thereu0026#39;s something extraordinary about u0026quot;Lucasu0026quot;; something that makes it impossible for us to reject it. We have always watched movies like u0026quot;Lucasu0026quot; along the ages, I have watched plenty of movies like it; and have disliked them all. Not that u0026quot;Lucasu0026quot; is great, but you know what I say about u0026#39;Love Actuallyu0026quot;? If you express it with this film, u0026quot;Lucasu0026quot; is good as a movie, but almost brilliant as a family inspirational picture.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhat happens in the film is like a tale…An old tale of a boy who is not accepted in his everyday environment and tries to live with it. The hero of this tale is the special Lucas, played by Corey Haim as a boy who is definitely stranger and more intelligent than the rest of his companions; itu0026#39;s something you notice immediately.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOr at least Maggie (Kerri Green) notices it. She spends the entire summer with him and when school starts he doesnu0026#39;t know whatu0026#39;s going to happen. Logically, he has his two or three nerdy best friends that are there for him, included a girl named Rina (the first role Winona Ryder ever played, with 15 years old or so…Gorgeous), who obviously likes him and follows his look while he is searching for Maggie on the first day of classes. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eItu0026#39;s not that Lucas dislikes his friends, but that he had sensed something different when knowing Maggie. But Maggie is older, and interested in older guys like Cappie (a very young Charlie Sheen), for example. In a very good scene where Cappie takes care of Lucas, Maggie thanks him and they both talk about Lucas…My brother thought Maggie was in love with Lucas, but I told him that she had a crush on Cappie…The movie understands the characters so well that it turned out the way I said, of course.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe language these kids deal with, the situations they live are real. David Seltzer, who directed and wrote the film, puts strong and hurtful words in his screenplay so they generate an impact in the pictureu0026#39;s most moving moments. u0026quot;But that doesnu0026#39;t turn you on, does it?u0026quot;, Lucas tells Maggie…Thatu0026#39;s not the kind of phrase youu0026#39;d commonly listen a 13-year old say, even less on a film. Thatu0026#39;s the way Seltzer shapes his characters, in a way that we believe everything they declare and in a way that the only thing that becomes predictable in the movie is the storyline itself.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eA known writer, Seltzer has directed few things. As a director, he also preserves his characters. Watch a beautiful scene where the choir is singing and the camera goes from side to side showing each of the main characters looking at the person he likes, but not one of them being corresponded with the look. Thatu0026#39;s perfect directing, even more in a film of this type…So classic: the simple edition (Priscilla Nedd-Friendly, u0026quot;Down to Earthu0026quot;), the touchy score (Dave Grusin, u0026quot;The Gooniesu0026quot;, u0026quot;Hope Floatsu0026quot;, u0026quot;Selenau0026quot;).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhat Iu0026#39;m trying to say is that, to Seltzer, is all about the movie. The actors donu0026#39;t show off, Corey Haim is the hero but not the star. Itu0026#39;s about the movie; a piece with an absolutely clichéd resolution that we find inspiring and therefore embrace.”

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