Tag Archives: Diane Kruger

Fabienne Berthaud – Pieds nus sur les limaces aka Lily Sometimes (2010)

The film centres on Clara, who is happily married to a promising lawyer and lives in Paris. After their mother’s sudden death, Clara has to assume responsibility for her younger sister, Lily, whose extreme sensitivity makes her vulnerable to the outside world and prevents her from being autonomous. Living in the family home in the countryside, in the provinces, Lily has created her own unique world, which she finds difficult to leave as she has found a certain sense of balance there. But she needs protection. Clara, whose life has taken shape away from her sister, has to make some choices and learns that normality is a very subjective idea. Read More »

Fatih Akin – Aus dem Nichts AKA In the Fade (2017)

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First off: Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” was an aberration, as we all suspected. The director celebrated for his edgy takes on intriguing characters more or less returns with “In the Fade,” a well-constructed, at times moving story of a Hamburg woman seeking justice after the murder of her Kurdish husband and son by a couple of Neo-Nazis. “More or less” because the excellent first quarter gives way to a relatively standard-issue though handsomely produced legal drama with several stock characters and a script that feels too guided by the presumed requirements of mainstream cinema. Diane Kruger’s powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative’s dip into overly crystalline waters, and international sales have been unsurprisingly brisk given the film’s incontrovertible general appeal. Read More »

Fred Cavayé – Pour Elle AKA Anything for Her (2008)

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With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail… Read More »

Benoît Jacquot – Les adieux à la reine AKA Farewell, My Queen (2012)

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In July 1789, the French Revolution is rumbling. Far from the turmoil, at the Château de Versailles, King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette and their courtiers keep on living their usual carefree lives. But when the news of the storming of the Bastille reaches them, panic sets in and most of the aristocrats and their servants desert the sinking ship, leaving the Royal Family practically alone. Which is not the case of Sidonie Laborde, the Queen’s reader, a young woman, entirely devoted to her mistress; she will not give her up under any circumstances. What Sidonie does not know yet is that these are the last three days she will spend in the company of her beloved Queen… Read More »