Tag: france

Review: AFTER LOVE, The Anger and Sadness of Divorce

A while ago, a judge in the UK proposed to make it harder for people to get married, and easier for them to get divorced. The logic being, that too many people get married without properly thinking it through; love...

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN Trailer Reveals Dark Muay Thai Prison Drama

At first blush, A Prayer Before Dawn appears to be yet another tale of brutal, horrible Asia, seen through the eyes of an enlightened white man. It's based on a true story, and the official synopsis leans heavily on stereotypes,...

FELICITE Director Alain Gomis on His New Drama: "Let It Happen"

After winning the Grand Jury Prize at Berlin early this year, Alain Gomis's Félicité played as part of the slim but always robust Main Slate at the New York Film Festival. Featuring the great Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu in the...

New York 2017 Review: LET THE SUN SHINE IN, Claire Denis Goes Hong Sang-soo

I think Claire Denis has been hanging out with Hong Sang-soo a little too much because I never expected her to do a wordy romantic comedy! And the result is delightful! It boasts the best rolling end credit of any movie ever.

New York 2017 Review: In FELICITE, a Glimpse of a Modern Woman's Life in Kinshasa

Félicité is not another downbeat film about Africa steeped in miserablist tendencies. Gomis and company don't lose the sight of happiness in the daily lives of its ordinary citizens. There is much humanism and culture and joy to be had in Félicité and I am grateful for it.

Venice Review 2017: MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO, We Need To Talk About Kechiche

I think it's about time we all sit down and have a frank chat about Abdellatif Kechiche, because he's made me pretty cranky with his latest feature, Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno. By now it's well documented that his last film,...

Locarno 2017 Review: 9 FINGERS Turns Noir into Expressionism, Delusional Ramblings Into Existential Poetry and Vice Versa

In an amalgam of different styles governed by punk's no holds barred attitude, French underground filmmaker manifests sensibility for the history of cinema and unlikely pairings

Locarno 2017 Review: MRS. FANG Waits for Death in Wang Bing's Contemplative, Uneasy Offering

The chronicler and filmmaker Wang Bing introduces yet another invaluable volume into the annals of contemporary Chinese society notwhistanding the great matter of death grasped with dignity albeit without compromising its importance.

Review: NOCTURAMA, Bertrand Bonello's Controversial Cinematic Stunt Is Not as Scary as Reality

With Nocturama, Bonello might be reflecting the bottled up anger and blowing off steam of young people in the chaotic world which they inherited. But I wish it is that simple. Because we all know that the world we are living in now is much darker and much more sinister place, unfortunately.

Review: THE UNTAMED, Riveting and Shocking, It Needs to Be Watched to Be Believed

One of the reasons that I love fantastic genre film is that it can often find the most relevant and interesting metaphors for dealing with issues of social life, be they cultural, political, or sexual. The Untamed, which won the...

Review: VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, Lush Visuals And Lackluster Everything Else

In Luc Besson's latest film, the extravagant science-fiction, hypercolor seizure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a pair of space cops set off on a devil-may-care adventure to save the universe. Or something like that. Valerian (Dane DeHaan)...

Watch THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS Trailer, Strikingly Different Animation

The trailer for The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) caught my eye because of its strikingly different animation style. In her review for Variety, Alissa Simon notes: "Each shimmering frame is composed of multiple layers of diverse...

Review: In ENDLESS POETRY, Alejandro Jodorowsky Continues to Amaze

Chilean born Alejandro Jodorowsky can be called many things: Mystic, sage, tarot master, director, screenwriter, actor, mime, graphic novel scribe, healer, philosopher, novelist, playwright, spiritual guru. All that and more could fit on his resume... if he was a man...

Review: Bertrand Tavernier's MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA Proves to Be an Invaluable Resource Guide

Obviously My Journey Through French Cinema is a lot to take in one sitting. It's also a goldmine for any cinephiles as an invaluable resource guide. Tavernier is doing us a great service here through his experience as a cinephile and a filmmaker. I am eager to check out more films that are featured in this documentary for years to come.

Now on Blu-ray: FRANTZ Tears Apart Grief and Separates Sadness

A delicate orchestra of grief, Francois Ozon's Frantz is a somber affair, but also an affecting and piercing drama. Paula Beer stars as Anna, a young woman who lives in a small town in Germany some time after the conclusion...

Cannes 2017 Preview: 12 Picks from the Sidebars, Midnight, and Out of Competitioners

The Cannes Film Festival officially kicks off tonight! Yesterday we pointed out a few films in the Official Competition and Un Certain Regard. Today we conclude our previews by picking out some highlights from the rest of the official selection...

Fresh French Comedy LOST IN PARIS Debuts Witty Trailer, Lovely Poster

A distinctive -- and very witty -- sense of humor is abundantly on display in a new trailer for Lost in Paris (aka Paris pieds nus).  Sure, the quiet, knockabout physical comedy is apparent, but it's presented with grace and...

Review: In Katell Quillévéré's HEAL THE LIVING, Heart Wins Over Brain

Quillévéré understands those connections and implies in Heal the Living in a cinematic way. Every movement in the film has to do with being alive. Every stillness implies death. She understands that death is part of life. We lose somebody close and feel like time is standing still- the camera movement becomes static. But we go on living again- and the camera moves again.

Interview: Katell Quillévéré on HEAL THE LIVING and Always Challenging Herself

Katell Quillévéré is a rising star writer/director in French cinema. With only three feature films under her belt, she's gaining quite a bit of critical acclaim ever since her coming-of-age debut film Love Like Poison in 2010. Her second film...

Review: THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV, Grisly Business, Even for the King of France

Death is a grisly business. It comes to all of us. Even if you happen to be the King of France, who's been reigning for 72 years. All the documented evidence indicates Louis XIV died of gangrene on his leg...