L’Amant Double

L'Amant Double France/Belgium (2017) Dir. François Ozon When a director’s reputation precedes them by a vast distance, reading the summary of their latest film fills you with either a cold dread or perverse excitement. And when that director is maverick auteur François Ozon and one early shot is an extreme close up of lady parts … Continue reading L’Amant Double

Red Beard (Akahige)

Red Beard (Akahige) Japan (1965) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Talk about misleading titles; I was expecting this to be a film about a pirate or maybe a savage samurai since this is a Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration. Instead, the eponymous character of this near three-hour epic is in fact a dedicated country doctor in Edo era Japan - … Continue reading Red Beard (Akahige)

An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire)

An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire) France (2010) Dir. Marc Dugain The phrase “victim of one’s success” may seem like an oxymoron since success is usually regarded to being positive, but as history has shown us success brings as much opportunities for a downfall as it does the expectant rewards. An adaptation of his own … Continue reading An Ordinary Execution (Une exécution ordinaire)

Barbara

Barbara Germany (2012) Dir. Christian Petzold In 1980’s East Germany, Barbara (Nina Hoss), a doctor from Berlin, is sent to work in a small rural clinic as punishment for wanting to emigrate to the West. Under the watchful eye and strict control of the Stasi Barbara finds it hard to trust anybody, remaining aloof around … Continue reading Barbara