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

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) Belgium/France (2016) Dirs. Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne Are guilt and accountability mutually exclusive? Is it possible to recognise your part in a tragedy yet refuse to accept your culpability for fear of the repercussions no matter how much it is weighing on your conscience? Award winning brothers Luc & … Continue reading The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

The Child (L’enfant)

The Child (L'enfant) Belgium (2005) Dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne The Dardenne Brothers seem to have found their niche in gritty social dramas in which the central protagonist is one at odds against the system in one form or another. This bleak 2005 effort follows a similar path but for a different reason, at time … Continue reading The Child (L’enfant)

White Elephant (Elefante blanco)

White Elephant (Elefante blanco) Argentina (2012) Dir. Pablo Trapero In the slums of Buenos Aries known as Ciudad Oculta catholic priest Julián (Ricardo Darín) welcomes younger Belgian priest Nicolas (Jérémie Renier) to work alongside him and atheist social worker Luciana (Martina Gusman) in rebuilding of a hospital in the area for the local people living … Continue reading White Elephant (Elefante blanco)

The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo)

  The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo) Belgium/France (2011) Dirs. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 12 year-old Cyril Catoul (Thomas Doret) has been abandoned by his father Guy (Jérémie Renier) and left to live in a state run youth house. Absolutely determined to find his father and prove everyone wrong, Cyril tries to … Continue reading The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo)