Tag Archives: 2010s

Hitoshi Yazaki – Taiyô no Suwaru Basho AKA The Place Where the Sun Sits (2014)

A 10-year high school class reunion becomes a hotbed of speculation, jealousy, revenge, and ulterior motives when the former classmates come face-to-face.

Kyoko is the former class queen who is now a local news reporter, while another woman named Kyoko was very plain in high school, but has gone on to become a successful actress. When these two people with the same name meet again at their 10-year high school reunion, a long-held secret will finally be revealed. Read More »

Elisabeth Quin – Jean-Luc Godard – Interview avril 2019 (2019)

Director Jean-Luc Godard died on Tuesday September 13 at the age of 91. In April 2019, Elisabeth Quin traveled to Switzerland to speak with the filmmaker on the occasion of the release of his film “Le Livre d’image”. (Re)discover the most illustrious Franco-Swiss artist.
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Jie Liu – Bao Bei Er AKA Baby (2018)

When a woman who was abandoned at birth because of a genetic disorder sees a child facing the same fate, she finds herself trying to persuade their parents to reconsider and goes to extreme lengths to save the child. Read More »

Brigitte Sy – L’astragale (2015)

true tale of Bonnie & Clyde, but one that’s much more about Bonnie than her beau, L’Astragale was an immense critical and public success when it was first published in France back in 1965. Written by the young, Algeria-born Albertine Sarrazin – whose autobiographical account of her life as a stick-up girl, prostitute, prisoner and bisexual lover, made her the distaff equivalent of Jean Genet – the novel was first brought to the screen in 1968 by director Guy Casaril, with actress Marlene Jobert (We Won’t Grow Old Together) making a splash in the lead role. (Horst Buchholz, aka Chico from The Magnificent Seven, played her partner-in-crime.) Read More »

Mathieu Amalric – Tournée AKA On Tour (2010)

In his fourth film as director and as the only professional actor in a cast of amateurs, Mathieu Amalric stars as Joachim, a washed-up television producer who, after leaving his life in Paris for the United States, returns home for a cross-country tour with a burlesque troupe. Joachim takes the troupe, played by actual burlesque performers with stage names like Kitten on the Keys and Dirty Martini, to show after show in towns along the coast (amusingly, the outline of their travel path resembles a bare breast). Joachim serves only as the ladies’ manager (when he tries to give them performance notes, they reject his advice), but they form a ramshackle surrogate family that – wait for it – comes to stand in for the actual family Joachim left behind. When the venue for the troupe’s planned grand finale in Paris pulls out, he must return to the capital to find another; while there, he reunites with his young children, an ex-lover, and various other people from his past. Read More »

Dominik Graf – Dreileben – Komm mir nicht nach AKA Don’t Follow Me Around (2011)

In the trilogy’s second chapter, Jo (Jeanette Hain), a big-city police psychologist, arrives in Dreileben to aid in the ongoing investigation, whereupon she finds herself greeted cooly by the local authorities but welcomed with open arms by Vera (Susanne Wolff), a college friend who lives nearby with her husband, a pretentious author. As the girlfriends reminisce about bygone days and discover they were both once in love with the same man, director Dominik Graf deftly juxtaposes their personal drama against the search for a killer, a police corruption scandal, and a possible case of interspecies transmutation—all underlining the trilogy’s recurring themes of false appearances and deeply hidden truths. Read More »

Carine Bijlsma – Devil’s Pie AKA Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo (2019)

Devil’s Pie is a psychological drama in the (musical) universe of D’Angelo. The film tells the story of a great musical talent who returns into the public arena after 14 years of absence in destruction. While we discover his musical vision and talents, the documentary tells the story of a man who is stuck between fears and dreams. It’s about the price of fame, the loneliness of an artist and the pressure of the music industry. Read More »