Review: ‘The Noise in My Head’

A slightly unhinged thirtysomething journalist impulsively invites an 18-year-old runaway to stay at her place in "The Noise in My Head," a loosely observed slice-of-life drama set in contempo Geneva whose characters try to cope with loneliness and life's transitions.

A slightly unhinged thirtysomething journalist impulsively invites an 18-year-old runaway to stay at her place in “The Noise in My Head,” a loosely observed slice-of-life drama set in contempo Geneva whose characters try to cope with loneliness and life’s transitions. Title of Swiss helmer Vincent Pluss’ second feature comes from his device of making the main character’s thoughts audible — and visualizing actions she and others wish they might perform. More mood-piece than tightly plotted narrative, pics probably too slight for foreign theatrical but reps OK fest and Euro tube fare.

As the pic starts, the self-critical voice inside prickly protag Laura (Celine Bolomey) is working overtime. Recently split from b.f. Jerome (Frederic Landenberg), she’s soon fired from her newspaper job. Hurt, indignant and not wanting to be alone, she takes in sullen street kid Simon (Gabriel Bonnefoy), but can’t resist engaging him (and her ex) in power games. She also projects her need to nurture/be nurtured onto Simon’s tightly wound uncle Bruno (Francois Nadin), an on-call physician. Primarily shot in intimate closeups, pic boasts some beautiful compositions reminiscent of Eastern European arthouse titles from the 1960s.

The Noise in My Head

Switzerland-Germany

Production

A Frenetic Films (in Switzerland) release of an Intermezzo Films (Switzerland)/Komplizen Film (Germany) production. (International sales: Wide Management, Paris.) Produced by Luc Peter, Vincent Pluss, Dirk Engelhardt. Directed by Vincent Pluss. Screenplay, Pluss, Patrick Claudet, in collaboration with the cast.

Crew

Camera (color, HDV-to-35mm), Pascal Dubi; editors, Orsola Valenti, Pluss, Florent Mangeot; music, Christian Garcia; art director, Nicola Cociulo; costume designer, Carole Favre; sound (Dolby SRD) Ansgar Frerich, Daniel Irribaren, Vincent Kappeler. Reviewed at Chicago Film Festival (New Directors, competing), Oct. 24, 2008. (Also in Montreal World Film Festival.) Original title: Du bruit dans la tete. French dialogue. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Celine Bolomey, Gabriel Bonnefoy, Frederic Landenberg, Francois Nadin, Lucie Zelger, Pierre Mifsud.
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