Category Archive: Foreign

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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;… Continue reading

SON OF SAUL [2015]

Directed by László Nemes Written by László Nemes, Clara Royer Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn Son of Saul was Hungary’s nominee for the best foreign language film Oscar, and it is… Continue reading

AFF: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE [2014]

Originally written for: This is perhaps the first movie where I read article upon article describing a director’s style for months before I was finally able to watch this latest effort at the… Continue reading