Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with director Patrice Leconte (“Man on the Train”) and found him to be one of the most affable, enthusiastic conversationists I’ve encountered among movie-folk.

This morning I got up at 6AM to talk with Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of the new family-friendly film “Two Brothers,” as well as the acclaimed director of “The Name of the Rose,” “The Bear,” “The Lover,” and “Enemy at the Gates.”

Annaud too proved to be one of the world’s nicest guys — gracious, generous, and eloquent. He’s the kind of guy that makes an interviewer feel good, because he takes half-decent questions and gives far more elaborate and rewarding answers than the questions deserved.

Unfortunately, the cassette recorder I was using for the conversation was picking up some kind of feedback and I can BARELY HEAR WHAT HE SAID. So I’m going to spend a good deal of time this weekend listening to blasts of static, trying to salvage the better moments of the interview.

So, for now, suffice to say that Monsieur Annaud is a thoughtful, delightful, adventurous artist with a vision to create more complicated, more spiritually challenging, more appropriate films for younger viewers, even as he challenges grownups to develop the better parts of their nature and leave their baser appetites behind when they go to the cinema.

Go see “Two Brothers” this weekend. I’m going to see it tomorrow. I know it’s going to be good because Annuad’s a fine director, he’s got the great cinematographer of Patrice Leconte films this time around (Jean-Marie Doujou, “Man on the Train”), he’s got two charming stars (a pair of tiger cubs), he’s got Guy Pearce as the primarly human character, and he’s got a marvelous Cambodian backdrop. Should be the sort of vacation we’ve all been needing from painful news headlines and disappointing movies.

Don’t follow the mindless droves to see “White Chicks”… I can already smell that crap from here. Treat the kid inside of you to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s idea of a good family film.

I’ll have a review in a couple of days.

Tonight, however, I gotta go see this Michael Moore film for myself.

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