L’amant double

Exactly one year ago, I was in Paris (to watch tennis) and tempted to go see L'amant double which had just opened in cinemas there, barely a couple of weeks after being screened at Cannes. In the end I didn't get time to go, but the fact that we've just had Cannes, and that tennis … Continue reading L’amant double

Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A

A week in advance of the official UK release, Manchester's leading independent cinema (and my own personal favourite) HOME brought the cinema-going citizens of the region a preview screening of Loveless followed by a Q&A with director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy. Loveless is nominated for an Academy Award this year in the 'Foreign Language Film' … Continue reading Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A

Le Fidèle – Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

This is a strange one. I thought it had finished twice before it finally got there and found it a little all over the place in clarifying which strand of the narrative was important for plot and which was supposed to be exposition. And yet it was still very enjoyable. I could hear some perplexed … Continue reading Le Fidèle – Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

La fille inconnue – The Unknown Girl

Just after seeing this movie, I read that directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne had originally intended to make this film with Marion Cotillard but it didn't work so they made Two Days, One Night with her instead. And intriguingly, having had two years to sort out The Unknown Girl, the two films have so many … Continue reading La fille inconnue – The Unknown Girl

Réparer les vivants – Heal the Living

A  fabulous, almost dialogue-free, opening section with some stunning visuals sets up one side of the story, and we only meet the protagonists of the other side much later, when their story is told separately. Obviously, the two threads are intertwined by the end, but I don't wish to give too much away so I'll say … Continue reading Réparer les vivants – Heal the Living

Évolution – Evolution 

Very strange, atmospheric film which was interesting, although failed to really convey more than an air of mystery and a sense of depth yet to be explored. Shades of David Cronenberg's body horror and Shane Carruth's otherworldliness mingle with some fairytale-type storytelling. Difficult to say more without giving away what little plot there is. Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, … Continue reading Évolution – Evolution