The Class

The Class (Entre les murs) (2008)

The Class (Entre les murs) first published by Film4 Summary:  In Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning drama, a Parisian teacher is constantly challenged by his multi-cultural class.    Review:  From Stand and Deliver (1988) to Dead Poets Society (1989) to Dangerous Minds (1995), the classrooms of the Hollywood mainstream have typically been ruled by lone…

Hidden

Hidden (Caché) (2005)

Hidden (Caché) first published (in a different version) by EyeforFilm The opening credits of Michael Haneke‘s Hidden (Caché) appear over a static wide shot of a leafy street. During the course of several minutes, nothing in particular happens: a passerby’s footsteps, and the song of a bird, can be heard; a man exits a house…

Trust

Trust (2021)

Trust opens with an impressionistically glimpsed and artfully effaced couple having panting, passionate sex, while a series of increasingly urgent incoming text messages (“You OK?” “Call me back.” “Call me!”) is ignored. Next we see Brooke Gatwick (Victoria Justice) returning with a suitcase to her New York apartment, where she greets Owen Shore (Matthew –…

Zombi

Zombi Child (2019)

Zombi Child first published by VODzilla.co Long-distance relationships are at the heart of Bertrand Bonello‘s Zombi Child. There is Fanny (Louise Labeque), teenaged pupil at an élite Parisian boarding school for girls, who expresses her love and longing for absent boyfriend Pablo (Sayyid El Alami) through erotic text messages whose words regularly punctuate the film…

Private

Private Fears In Public Places (Cœurs) (2006)

Private Fears In Public Places (Cœurs) first published by Film4 Synopsis: In this cold-hearted comedy, loneliness sets up its winter camp in the city of love. Master auteur Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year In Marienbad) directs, in his second Alain Ayckbourn adaptation since Smoking/No Smoking. Review: Paris – the city of light, the city of…

Eats

The Night Eats The World (2018)

The Night Eats The World first published by SciFiNow Everything you need to know about Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) is carefully laid out in the prologue to The Night Eats The World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) – the feature debut of director Dominique Rocher which he co-wrote with Jérémie Guez, and Guilaume Lemans.  Returning…

Girlhood

Girlhood (2014)

Review first published in a shorter version by Little White Lies Wearing a chain necklace bearing her new street name ‘Vic’, 16-year-old Marieme (Karidja Touré), together with three fellow gang members, is in a hired hotel room, in a stolen dress (with the security tags still attached), dancing with borrowed moves and lip syncing in…

Diplomacy (2014)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, Jan 2015 Synopsis: Paris before dawn, 25th August 1944. With the Allies due in the city centre within hours, General Dietrich von Choltitz prepares to enact Hitler’s orders to level the capital with rigged explosives. The Swedish consul Raoul Nordling enters Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice via…