Saint

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Post by jonbly » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:05 am

7/10 - Doesn't really do anything wrong, just a bit cheesy and predictable - and it loses a little in translation because Dutch traditions differ from ours.

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Re: Saint

Post by Pumpkin » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:18 am

I loved Saint so much in Cannes I watched it all over again at FF :)

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Re: Saint

Post by TheDukeAbides » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:16 pm

Another nice, dark fairy tale.

Not as good as Sennentunschi, but maybe because this was supposed to be more quirky, perhaps?

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Re: Saint

Post by mamawaldi » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:49 pm

Enjoyably daft.

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Re: Saint

Post by morralex » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:29 pm

really fun. preferred to sennentuntschi (was a bit tired in that though). not the best but a great film to see at ff with the crowd
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Re: Saint

Post by Maniacal » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:30 pm

I'lll hold this movie in the same vain as Pans Labyrinth, a beautifully shot fairy tale for Adults.
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Re: Saint

Post by Meanbobs » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:03 pm

Didn't do anything for me. Instantly forgettable. Not helped by the fact that I don't usually feel very Christmassy in August. Got another flag for the Frightfest marketing material though, I s'pose.

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Re: Saint

Post by Reanimator » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:06 pm

This was ok but I had expected more - Rare Exports is better

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Re: Saint

Post by lupogirl » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:11 pm

Really enjoyed this film. Makes me want to read about the Spain connection and the Europeans way of celebrating St Nicolas Loved the scene of the Santa riding on the roof and then crashing into a room with the two blokes having cocktails.

Want to see this again around Christmas time.
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Re: Saint

Post by Alex J » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:09 pm

Fun slay-ride set in Amsterdam, with a retro feel like a fun version of 'The Fog'. One to watch again in December. The horse chase was good, while snow, fog and horror are made for each other. Agree with the point that some of the mythos may not translate well outside Holland. 7 / 10
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Re: Saint

Post by The Soapmaker » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:33 pm

I liked the basic idea and there were some good scenes - like the rooftop chase and the horse falling on the police car - but overall it seemed a bit pedestrian, somehow. I think it needed a "big" closing scene - but probably lacked the budget.

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Post by daveroughcut » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:20 pm

Thankfully the horror Santa really is a horror Santa this time. Dick Maas has a great off kilter style and even his jump scares are unpredictable. Action horror fun and a great refresher. Friday was so strong how can it EVER be topped?

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Re: Saint

Post by hingethunder » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:50 pm

Enjoyed this, probably helped that my parents Dutch friends spent Christmas with us once so I knew about the Dutch Christmas traditions.

I'd like to see a sequel set in Spain where Saint Nicholas battles the Caganer

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Re: Saint

Post by streetrw » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:26 am

Like quite a few other films in the fest: it's good but it's not great. Also a little uncomfortable about the kids getting killed off.

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Re: Saint

Post by Stephen with ph » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:50 pm

Reanimator wrote:This was ok but I had expected more - Rare Exports is better
Agreed. It's unfair to compare the two (they're both a bit foreign and about Xmas) but I'm weak and can't help myself.

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