Greta

Greta US (2018) Dir. Neil Jordan Making friends is hard for some people, especially if they are getting on a bit and their family is no longer with them. They crave company and welcome any sort of human contact when it comes their way, which sometimes might be construed as them being a bit needy. … Continue reading Greta

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) France (2017) Dir. Anne Fontaine It’s tough being yourself in a world unforgiving and prejudiced against certain groups or lifestyles that you may fit in with that don’t adhere to convention. But, what if you were given an opportunity to hide that side of you away or maybe … Continue reading Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Happy End

Happy End France/Austria (2017) Dir. Michael Haneke In what must be a cruel joke if not a straightforward case of human error, this latest offering from serial provocateur Michael Haneke has been categorised as a “comedy” by the rental service who sent it to me. From the onset there is no indication that this is … Continue reading Happy End

Souvenir

Souvenir (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. When an actor has played practically every aberrant, enigmatic and emotionally tortured role possible what is there left to do? If you are irrepressible modern French legend Isabelle Huppert the answer is simple - you play a washed up pop singer! Not since … Continue reading Souvenir

Elle

Elle (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Lionsgate) Running time: 131 minutes approx. Some film directors have reputations that precede them and when you learn that they are tackling a certain subject, alarm bells start to ring - like Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven subversive psychological character study is based on Philippe Djian’s novel Oh... looking at … Continue reading Elle

Valley Of Love

Valley Of Love France (2015) Dir. Guillaume Nicloux Take two of France’s greatest actors, a story with a unique and intriguing premise and a multi-hyphenate writer-director to helm the project, and the rest should theoretically take care of itself, correct? Sadly in this case of this Palme d’Or nominated film that isn’t quite the end … Continue reading Valley Of Love

Things To Come

Things To Come (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 102 minutes approx. Isabelle Huppert, one of France’s greatest exports, is known for her choice of roles that defy convention - formidable, uncompromising and emotionally complex women appear to be her speciality. One trope which is a rarity among this incredible portfolio … Continue reading Things To Come

Merci pour le Chocolat

Merci pour le Chocolat France (2000) Dir. Claude Chabrol Sometimes you read the synopsis for a crime/mystery drama and think “What would Hitchcock have done with this?” Being a confirmed fan of Hitch, French auteur Claude Chabrol decided to assume the role himself for this adaptation of Charlotte Armstrong’s novel The Chocolate Cobweb. Marie-Claire 'Mika' … Continue reading Merci pour le Chocolat

Amour

Amour (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Artificial Eye) Running Time: 127 min approx Retired octogenarian piano teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges Laurent (Jean-Louis Trintignant) live a peaceful retirement until Anne one morning suffers a small stroke. When a minor operation goes wrong, Anne is left partially paralysed and wheelchair bound. Shortly after, Anne suffers … Continue reading Amour

Comédie de l’innocence (Son of Two Mothers or The Comedy of Innocence)

Comédie de l'innocence (Son of Two Mothers or The Comedy of Innocence) France (2000) Dir. Raoul Ruiz On his ninth birthday precocious Camile (Nils Hugon) plays the footage he has been filming with his camcorder, full of obscure and disparate images. His behaviour suddenly changes and he suddenly announces to his mother Ariane (Isabelle Huppert) … Continue reading Comédie de l’innocence (Son of Two Mothers or The Comedy of Innocence)