Movie Review – Who You Think I Am

Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) France (2019) Dir. Safy Nebbou "For people like me, social media is both the shipwreck and the life raft." An eloquent description of the biggest conduit for communal connection and the biggest cause of trouble for people in the modern world. There is good and bad … Continue reading Movie Review – Who You Think I Am

The Truth (La vérité)

The Truth (La vérité) France/Japan (2019) Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda What exactly is “the truth”? Despite its definition of being something incontrovertible and factual, it does seem to quite a subjective thing for many people. This might depend on memory but ultimately it is what people want to believe, resulting in waters becoming very muddied if … Continue reading The Truth (La vérité)

Non-Fiction (Doubles vies)

Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) France (2018) Dir. Olivier Assayas To move with the times or stay with what we know is tried and tested? A dispute for the ages that will never dissipate as long a technology keeps developing. We all have or opinions on this and other issues but what forms and influences these opinions … Continue reading Non-Fiction (Doubles vies)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) France (2017) Dir. Claire Denis In the romance game, finding “The One” is a thankless task for many people. Generally, this is undertaken while people are still young, unlike the subject of this mordant essay about dating in your later years. 50-something Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a … Continue reading Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Slack Bay (Ma Loute) France (2016) Dir. Bruno Dumont I’ve only seen three films from Bruno Dumont and they were all bleak, heavy dramas, so it was a surprise to learn that he had made a comedy. Could the man responsible for the intense heartbreaking darkness of biopic Camille Claudel 1915 and the religion bating … Continue reading Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Rupert Sanders So, here we are with one of the more controversial films of the year - the live action version of the seminal Cyber Punk manga and anime franchise Ghost In Shell. There was always concern over how it will be handled, but the casting … Continue reading Ghost In The Shell

The Wait (L’attesa)

The Wait (L'attesa) Italy (2015) Dir. Piero Messina Grief often makes people behave oddly and make decisions that aren’t necessarily right or make sense, but we give them a pass out of consideration for their loss. But when an act of deceit is deliberately perpetuated questions need to be asked. Based loosely on the works … Continue reading The Wait (L’attesa)

Camille Claudel 1915

Camille Claudel 1915 France (2013) Dir. Bruno Dumont Another overlooked figure from the French art world comes to my attention via a superbly made biopic, this time 19th century sculptor Camille Claudel, essayed here in an emotionally draining tour de force turn by the inestimable Juliette Binoche. Camille’s work was overshadowed by her affair with … Continue reading Camille Claudel 1915

Certified Copy (Copie conforme)

Certified Copy (Copie conforme) France (2010) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami English author James Miller (William Shimell) is in Tuscany to promote his latest book about copies versus originals in the art world. A French antiques dealer (Juliette Binoche) arrives at the book reading with her son (Adrian Moore) but is forced to leave shortly after, so … Continue reading Certified Copy (Copie conforme)

Elles

Elles France/Poland (2011) Dir. Malgorzata Szumowska Working mother of two Anne (Juliette Binoche), an investigative journalist for Elle magazine, is writing an article about student prostitution, for which she secures interviews with two young working girls, Polish immigrant Alicja (Joanna Kulig) and lower class French girl Charlotte (Anais Demoustier). To her surprise, Anne doesn’t find … Continue reading Elles