Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne first published by Movie Gazette Maria Casarès, who fought against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War, and then fled to France where she became Albert Camus’ lover and the star of his plays, is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Death in Jean Cocteau’s Orphée (1950) –…

Knew

The World We Knew (2020)

In the opening scene of WW Jones and Luke Skinner’s The World We Knew, Smith (Mat Harvey), young Eddie (Alexander Wells) and Stoker (played by Jones’ co-writer Kirk Lake) are waiting in the back of a van. The door opens, a male voice says, “It’s time,” and we see the gun in Eddie’s hand as…

Origin

Origin Unknown (Sin Origen) (2020)

“Family is the most important thing,” says Francis (Lisette Morelos) to young Beto (Matías del Castillo) near the end of Origin Unknown (Sin Origen). “Without your family, you lose your source, you lose who you are.” Families of one kind or another are certainly a key preoccupation in this latest feature from Rigoberto Castañeda (Kilometre…

Mountain

The Forgotten Mountain (Mali i Harrum) (2018)

As the titles from his filmography – Life Between the Waters (2017), The Forgotten Mountain (Mali i Harrum, 2018) and Encounter in the Air (2019) – suggest, Albanian writer/director Ardit Sadiku is an auteur of the elements. His sophomore feature opens with a spectacular vista of the sublime, in a montage of aerials revealing cloud-girt…

Harpoon

Harpoon (2019)

Rob Grant’s Harpoon opens with audio of a voice artist (Brett Gelman, Claire’s husband in Fleabag) being asked to do another take. His narration, delivered in an arch tone with some decidedly profane diction, summarises the three types of friendship outlined by Aristotle (of utility, of pleasure, of the good), before positing a fourth type,…