25 October 2011


I don't really do reviews anymore, but since I'm covering a festival, I figure I probably should. Follow the festival buzz for Flyway using the Twitter hostage #flyway11

Il Cacciatore di Anatre (Egidio Veronesi)

The first thing you need to ask yourself before you decide if you're going to watch IL CACCIATORE DI ANATRE (a.k.a. THE DUCK HUNTER) is if you've seen THE BEST OF YOUTH, a beautiful sprawling 6-hour Italian film from a couple of years ago. Because if you've seen THE BEST OF YOUTH, there's not a reason in the world why you'd need to see THE DUCK HUNTER, as it's essentially a much, much worse version. Or, as I wrote on Twitter, this is like comparing a busker to Arcade Fire.

THE DUCK HUNTER is bad. Really, really bad.

There's nothing to recommend here. It's not aggressively bad, in the way that a lot of micro-budget indies can be. There's some money on the screen. It cost roughly 100,000 Euros, so there's some production value, but it's just so damned boring. The film spans a lifetime and only runs 90 minutes, yet I fell asleep twice. Twice!

There's a mildly entertaining subplot about a French guy and a treasure, but it's all too quickly resolved and abandoned, never to be heard from again, which is too bad because he was at least interesting. Over the top, but interesting.

Other than that, it's easily forgettable. The editing lacks rhythm, allowing things to drag on long past any point of interest, and has an annoying habit of cutting to an establishing shot at emotional points. It's really rather bewildering. And awful. Avoid. [D-]

Filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year on the road, volunteering on indie film projects around the country, documenting the process and the exploring the idea of a mobile creative professional. You can see more from A Year Without Rent at the webpage. His feature-length debut is now available to rent on VOD. Follow him on Twitter: @lmcnelly.