Tag Archives: French

Axelle Ropert – La famille Wolberg AKA The Wolberg Family (2009)

Synopsis
He can knock out an amazing speech on the American soul to dumbfounded schoolchildren, meddle in his fellow citizens’ lives, or make his 18-year-old daughter swear that never would she leave the family home. This is Simon Wolberg, mayor of a small provincial town, madly in love with his wife, an overwhelming father and provocative son! This man bears his family’s obsession, which drives him to put these ties to the test, verify their strength and fragility… Read More »

Adolfo Arrieta – Les intrigues de Sylvia Couski AKA The Adventures of Sylvia Couski (1975)

Adolpho Arrietta was a major figure in the new cinemas that appeared in the sixties and seventies in various countries. Thus he became one of the fundamental film directors in the history of Spanish cinema. As with Buñuel, a long exile seems to have been the condition that allowed his work to keep up with the most important trends in the cinema of his era. Throughout the seventies he produced a series of “punk à la française” films, as Severo Sarduy called them, which for their originality and influence are among the most important in French cinema of that decade. Read More »

Claire Simon – Le bois dont les rêves sont faits AKA The Woods Dreams Are Made of (2015)

The Woods is a deep investigation of both people and place. Whether it’s Gay men crossings for sex in the rain, out a hermit who makes his home deep in a remote section of the park, everywhere humans are busily going about their business Read More »

Chantal Akerman – Là-bas aka Down there (2006)

Devastating essay on exile, Là-bas (2006) is a crucial moment of Akerman’s life when she herself was confined to a rental apartment in Tel Aviv unable to bridge the threshold to the outside world, overwhelmed by the flooding of traumatic thoughts, fears and vulnerabilities awakened by her family’s history with the death camps. Impossible not to think of her last work and of the reasons why she left when watching Là-bas today, which was also shot in video and similarly takes the shape of a personal, cloistered chamber piece.
(Based on Andréa Picard’s article) Read More »

Maroun Bagdadi – La fille de l’air AKA The Girl in the Air (1992)

Synopsis:
Brigitte lives with her boyfriend, Daniel, who is on the run having escaped from prison for a series of armed robbery offences. Brigitte is a few months’ from giving birth when the couple’s home is raided by the police. At the time, Daniel is involved in a violent robbery which goes wrong – a policeman is killed and he is arrested. Both Daniel and Brigitte end up in prison, although Brigitte’s sentence is reduced to a few months. Daniel however must remain in prison for 18 years. Realising that this will destroy her husband, Brigitte resolves to rescue him in a daring prison escape involving a helicopter… Read More »

Steno – I tartassati AKA Fripouillard et Compagnie AKA The Overtaxed (1959) (HD)

Mr. Pezzella (Toto) owns and operates a luxury clothing store very well established. By its nature, but does not like and does not consider it right to pay taxes and therefore uses a tax consultant (Louis de Funès) to be able to evade more calmly. Unfortunately for the cavalier Pezzella the Guardia di Finanza decides to send an inspection, in the person of Marshal Topponi (Aldo Fabrizi) and Brigadier Bardi. They start attempts Pezzella (guided by the advice of dishonest and ineffective tax advisor) to get into dell’inossidabile marshal to try to bribe him, and sometimes openly declaring with excessive dose of servility. Read More »

Céline Sciamma – Portrait de la jeune fille en feu AKA Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Quote:
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. Read More »