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ELLE: subversive and absorbing, with Huppert’s stunning performance

The extraordinary performance of French actress Isabelle Huppert makes the already subversive Elle into a Must See.  Huppert plays the middle-aged businesswoman Michèle,  who is raped in her home in the first seconds of this movie.  Elle is likely to … Continue reading

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MY GOLDEN DAYS: the urgency of first love

The first love depicted in Arnaud Desplechin’s coming of age film My Golden Days is completely evocative. That first love is inevitable even if the young lovers don’t know it yet, and then filled with passion, importance, obsession, angst, conflict, … Continue reading

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Cinequest: MY GOLDEN DAYS

The first love depicted in Arnaud Desplechin’s coming of age film My Golden Days is completely evocative.  That first love is inevitable even if the young lovers don’t know it yet, and then filled with passion, importance, obsession, angst, conflict, … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: GEMMA BOVERY

In honor of Cinequest, here’s a highlight from last year’s fest. In the delightful dark comedy Gemma Bovery, Fabrice Luchini plays a guy who has left his Type A job in Paris to take over his father’s bakery in a … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER – obsession and betrayal

The French drama In the Name of My Daughter uses three characters to probe the themes of obsession and betrayal – and all in a “based-on-facts” story.  The ever-glorious Catherine Deneuve plays a dominant and proud casino owner, even desperately … Continue reading

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MUSTANG: repression challenged by the human spirit

Mustang is about five exuberant Turkish teenage girls who challenge the repression of traditional culture.  It’s a triumph for writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and one of the best films of the year. The five parentless sisters are living with their … Continue reading

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THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ: tres droll

When Michel Houellebecq, one of the most well-known writers in France, disappeared for a few weeks recently, there were media rumors that he had been kidnapped. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is an absurdist mockudrama in which Houellebecq himself plays … Continue reading

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ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS: his alibi for one murder is another murder

Tomorrow night, July 24, Turner Classic Movies presents the groundbreaking French noir Elevator to the Gallows.  It’s one of my Overlooked Noir. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) is such a groundbreaking film, you can argue that it’s the first of … Continue reading

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GEMMA BOVERY: jumping into the plot of a novel

In the delightful dark comedy Gemma Bovery, Fabrice Luchini plays a guy who has left his Type A job in Paris to take over his father’s bakery in a sleepy village in Normandy. He gets new neighbors when a young … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: YOU WILL BE MY SON

Niels Arestrup (A Prophet, War Horse) stars as the owner of French wine estate who places impossible expectations on his son, with lethal results. The poor son has gotten a degree in winemaking, has worked his ass off on his … Continue reading

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