Movie Review – Petite Maman

Petite Maman France (2021) Dir. Céline Sciamma If your younger self met your parents when they were the same age, would you be able to befriend them or would the generation gap be too much of a hindrance? This was one of the questions Back To The Future brought up for me which wasn’t explored … Continue reading Movie Review – Petite Maman

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) France (2019) Dir. Céline Sciamma “Do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?” I’ve not experienced this thing called love but I imagine those who do, especially for the first time, will sense something magical unique to them. What I do understand however, … Continue reading Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette) Switzerland/France (2016) Dir. Claude Barras Aside from the surreal French/Belgian A Town Called Panic and some segments in The ABCs Of Death horror anthologies, I can’t recall seeing a stop-motion animation film that covers adult issues in such an unapologetically frank manner. This doesn’t exclude younger … Continue reading My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

Girlhood (Bande de filles)

Girlhood (Bande de filles) France (2014) Dir. Céline Sciamma Having already challenged two social conventions with lesbianism (Water Lillies) and gender confusion (Tomboy) in her first two films, Céline Sciamma sets her sights on the French black community for her third film Girlhood - not a female companion piece to the Oscar nominated Boyhood as … Continue reading Girlhood (Bande de filles)

Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres)

Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres) France (2007) Dir. Céline Sciamma The lives of three teenage girls intertwine one summer at the local swimming pool amidst a synchronised swimming contest, complicated by interpersonal conflicts that arise resulting in an unconventional love triangle. Marie (Pauline Acquart) becomes infatuated with swimmer Floriane (Adèle Haenel) at a contest while … Continue reading Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres)

Tomboy

Tomboy France (2011) Dir. Céline Sciamma A family of four moves into a new home – a husband (Mathieu Demy), a heavily pregnant wife (Sophie Cattani) and two daughters, six year-old Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) and ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran). With her propensity for all things boyish and matching appearance, Laure introduces herself to the … Continue reading Tomboy