Tag Archives: French

DVD/Stream of the Week: AUGUSTINE: obsession, passion and the birth of a science

The absorbing French drama Augustine is based on the real work of 19th century medical research pioneer Jean-Martin Charcot, known as the father of neurology. A young kitchen maid begins suffering wild seizures and is brought to Charcot’s research hospital. … Continue reading

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SFFILM: THE STOPOVER

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILMFestival) presents the topical French drama The Stopover, which explores the after-effects of combat in contemporary warfare.  We also get a female lens on the acceptance of women in combat roles and on sexual … Continue reading

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PERSONAL SHOPPER: Kristin Stewart can’t save this mess

Kristen Stewart’s brilliant performance isn’t enough to save Olivier Assaya’s murky French drama Personal Shopper.  Stewart plays a woman who is working as a personal shopper for an obnoxious celebrity, but she really identifies as a medium. She is grieving … Continue reading

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Cinequest: SWEET GIRLS

In the dark, dark Swiss comedy Sweet Girls, the two teenage besties are lazy and unmotivated – even by teenage standards.  They will do ANYTHING to avoid an entry-level job that might plunge them into the adult workaday drudgery that … Continue reading

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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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