Tag: france

New York 2022 Review: STARS AT NOON, Rum, Sweat and Rain Soak Love Story in Global South

Directed by Claire Denis, the political-intrigue drama stars Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn.

New York 2022 Review: SAINT OMER, Chimeric Women in Powerful Courtroom Drama

Director Alice Diop is making a powerful statement, about the highly patriarchal society, colonialism, racism, and women's rights, both subtly and unsubtly.

Review: VESPER, Dark Fairy Tale With Rapidly Rising Body Count

Directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, the eco-punk post-apocalyptic story stars Eddie Marsan and Raffiella Chapman in what is essentially a fairy tale with high production values.

Interview: HOLD ME TIGHT Director Mathieu Amalric on Vicky Krieps and His Cinema of Gesture

"Cinema can amplify those parallel lives. In fact, we deal with it each moment in our lives - we either accept or we are scared of them."

Toronto 2022 Review: DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA

Hospitals are places of miracles and horrors. They are also places of office politics, temporary domestic spaces, and a kind of body-repair shop. The reason why there are so many television medical dramas, is that everything about these places is...

Review: HOLD ME TIGHT, Grieving and Letting Go

Vicky Krieps stars in writer/director Mathieu Amalric's latest, perhaps his most heartfelt film.

Friday One Sheet: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS

This poster, for Palme d'Or winning Triangle of Sadness, will turn some heads, although maybe in disgust. Projectile vomit is a way to grab attention. The highly-stylized 'liquid gold' look of it, which I am sure is intentional, is perhaps...

Review: BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE, Moody, Sizzling Noir From Claire Denis

Directed by Claire Denis, the film contains visual/aural power and beauty, combined with blistering performances by Juliette Binoche and Vicent Lindon. It's damn near a masterpiece, in my book.

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: YEAR OF THE SHARK (L'ANNÉE DU REQUIN) Resets Shark Expectations

Marina Foïs, Jean-Pascal Zadi and Christine Gautier wage maritime war against a big fish in a snappy shark feature, directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma.

Neuchâtel 2022 Daily: THE FIVE DEVILS (LES CINQ DIABLES) Starts Off Swiss Fantastic Film Event

Kicking off tonight, the 21st edition of Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival brings cinematic genre goodness to the heart of Switzerland. The festival bills itself as "the Swiss event for fantastic film, Asian cinema & digital creation" and, having already...

Now Streaming: GLORIA, Mother Must Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Father

Cécile Bois and Barbara Schulz star in the mystery-thriller, now streaming on MHz Choice.

Friday One Sheet: EARWIG

The British Quad-style poster feels like a rare bird these days, so it is a joy to behold this fiery key art for Lucile Hadžihalilović's peculiar, moody, mysterious film Earwig. The poster, designed by the iconic Laurent Lufroy, echoes a...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tracks Down MR. KLEIN

Joseph Losey deftly directs Alain Delon in this uniquely noir-esque historical fiction.

Review: AFTER BLUE, A Dream, Or a Nightmare, At the Edge of Waking

Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, and Vimala Pons star in a fantasy/sci-fi concoction from France, directed by Bertrand Mandico.

Review: HAPPENING Reflects on Not So Distant Past, Too Close for Comfort

The film is a stark reminder that if we don't keep up the fighting and push back, as absurd as it might sound, we might lose those rights we've been taking for granted.

Review: LOS CONDUCTOS, A Tale of Two Cities Told in Ingenious Ways

Fernando Úsaga Higuíta and Luis Felipe Lozano star in a daring, dazzling cinematic exercise, directed by Camilo Restrepo, that once again proves the future of cinema is in Latin America.

Review: PETITE MAMAN, Beguiling Fairytale About Growing Up

French auteur Céline Sciamma crafts a low-key, resonant drama. With Gabrielle Sanz, Joséphine Sanz and Nina Meurisse.

Review: BLOODY ORANGES, Amorals, Comedy, Politics

Denis Podalydès, Christophe Paou, and Guilaine Londez star in a comedy from France, directed by Jean-Christophe Meurisse.

Review: PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT, Vibrant Take on the City of Lights

Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant and Jehnny Beth star in director Jacques Audiard's latest, delicately sampling American cartoonist Adrian Tomine's work.

PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT Interview: Jacques Audiard, Lucie Zhang Talk Chinese Food, Covid Lockdown, The Internet

Jacques Audiard, known for his superb thrillers (Read My Lips, The Beat that My Heart Skipped), became the supreme purveyor of French outlier cinema, chronicling gritty immigrant experiences in an increasingly diverse nation with such films as The Prophet, Dheepan...