France

Odile Étaix – Pierre Etaix, un destin animé (2011)

A portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix. Read More »

Fabrice du Welz – Vinyan (2008)

Synopsis:
Unable to accept the the loss of their son in the 2005 Tsunami, Jeanne and Paul Bellmer have remained in Phuket. Desperately clinging to the fact that his body was never recovered, Jeanne has convinced herself that the boy was kidnapped by traffickers in the chaos that followed the catastrophe… Paul is sceptical, but cannot bring himself to shatter his wife’s last hope. The traumatized couple embark on a quest that will plunge them through paranoia and betrayal, ever deeper into an alien universe, a supernatural realm where the dead are never truly dead, and where nightmares, obsession and horrifying reality converge. Read More »

André Cayatte – Les chemins de Katmandou AKA The Pleasure Pit (1969)

Quote:
Sven is Norwegian and his future is Kathmandu, the city of the gods.
Their paths meet and it is side by side they choose to take the path that leads up to the holiest city in Asia.
Olivier is French and this is the revolution.
May 68, Oliver is standing on the barricades, head full of new ideas to change the world. Read More »

Sacha Guitry – Assassins et voleurs AKA Murderers and Thieves (1956)

Synopsis:
Surprised by a burglar (Michel Serrault), the doleful Philippe (Jean Poiret) regains his composure, then asks the thief for his assistance. It seems that Philippe wants to commit suicide but hasn’t the nerve to pull off the deed himself. In flashback, Philippe recounts the events that led up to this critical and anxious moment. As it turns out, our “hero” is a bigger criminal, both actual and moral, than the nonplused burglar could ever be. Read More »

Patrice Leconte – Confidences trop intimes AKA Intimate Strangers (2004)

Erotic Suspense After Mistaken Identity

In Patrice Leconte’s sardonic psychological thriller, ”Intimate Strangers,” Sandrine Bonnaire portrays a Gallic answer to one of Alfred Hitchcock’s sleek blond women of mystery. Imagine the Grace Kelly of ”Rear Window” or the Kim Novak of ”Vertigo” sprawled seductively on an analyst’s couch, smoking cigarettes and confiding her sexual frustration to a repressed, wide-eyed shrink who is obsessed with her. Read More »

Claude Faraldo – Themroc (1973)

Plot summary:
From Channel 4 Film:
Factory worker Piccoli gets into trouble when he’s caught watching his boss shag a secretary. It’s the final straw. Oppressed by the system, hounded by his mother (Herviale) and bored witless by his menial job, Piccoli cracks. He goes home, takes a sledgehammer to his possessions, turns his room into a cave and starts grunting like a horny Neanderthal before making a move on his sister, Romand. Read More »

Jean-Pierre Mocky – Un couple AKA A Couple (1960)

Synopsis:
‘Pierre, a humble employee in a toy factory, has been married to Anne for just three years, but already he senses they may be drifting apart. To avoid an acrimonious break-up later on, the couple agree to separate. Try as he might, Pierre seems to be incapable of starting an affair with another woman, not even with Véronique, one of his colleagues. At a party given by their friends, Pierre and Anne meet up and settle their differences. They decide to go on an alpine holiday together but their truce proves shortlived…’
– Films de France Read More »