Category: Foreign

UNDER THE SHADOW [2016]

Directed by Babak Anvari Written by Babak Anvari Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi A revolution often causes more problems that it resolves, and considering the eight year war that took place after the 1979 Iranian revolution, not to mention the reasons behind… Continue Reading “UNDER THE SHADOW [2016]”

THE DARK VALLEY (Das finstere Tal) [2014]

Directed by Andreas Prochaska Written by Martin Ambrosch (screenplay), Andreas Prochaska (screenplay), Thomas Willmann (novel) Starring: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer This Austrian film played last year at a German film festival, but stupidly I was too lazy to go out and catch… Continue Reading “THE DARK VALLEY (Das finstere Tal) [2014]”

BLINDSIDED BY EIGHT AND A HALF [1963]

When I first watched this film, I did not follow and was lost. It seemed like a disjointed mess that made no narrative sense, culminating in the ending, which I had to rewind three times to make sure I had seen it correctly. Like… Continue Reading “BLINDSIDED BY EIGHT AND A HALF [1963]”

LOVE [2015]

Originally written for: Directed by Gaspar Noé Written by Gaspar Noé Starring: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin Master provocateur Gaspar Noé was sure to let the world be aware that he wasn’t intending on holding back with his newest film, with several NSFW… Continue Reading “LOVE [2015]”

THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue) [2014]

Originally written for: Directed by Mathieu Amalric Written by Stéphanie Cléau (screenplay), Mathieu Amalric (screenplay), Georges Simenon (novel) Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau I first saw Matthieu Amalric in Roman Polanski’s last film, which oddly enough can be compared to this film in… Continue Reading “THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue) [2014]”

MIA MADRE (MY MOTHER) [2015]

Directed by Nanni Moretti Written by Nanni Moretti, Valia Santella, Gaia Manzini, Chiara Valerio Starring: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti *This is dedicated to my beautiful mother. Happy mother’s day, I love you Mum! Not unlike the fabulous Rams, a very… Continue Reading “MIA MADRE (MY MOTHER) [2015]”

AFFF: THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La loi du marché) [2015]

Directed by Stéphane Brizé Written by Stéphane Brizé , Olivier Gorce Starring: Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schaller The opening scene of this social commentary is depressingly familiar to me, as main character Thierry explains that he completed a course only to find… Continue Reading “AFFF: THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La loi du marché) [2015]”

RAMS (Hrútar) [2015]

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson Written by Grímur Hákonarson Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving This film played at a Scandinavian film festival last year and I was angry that I missed it, as I had read high praise from seemingly every critic. I… Continue Reading “RAMS (Hrútar) [2015]”

AFFF: MY KING (MON ROI) [2015]

Directed by Maïwenn Written by Etienne Comar (screenplay), Maïwenn (screenplay) Starring: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel Much like Lolo, I doubt I’d have seen this film if it were American. The French seem to do romance in a way that doesn’t feel forced,… Continue Reading “AFFF: MY KING (MON ROI) [2015]”

AFFF: THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) [2015]

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael Written by Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael Starring: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens A girl, Ea, tells us her story. She knows who God is; in fact, God is her father. He invented Brussels as he… Continue Reading “AFFF: THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) [2015]”

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