Tag Archives: French

Massimo Iannetta & Nina Toussaint – La décomposition de l’âme AKA Zersetzung der Seele AKA The Decomposition of the Soul (2002)


There are always people who say: you can’t change people by force. Them, they say: it’s not so clear, we know our business and have a lot of time.

The former central preventive prison for political prisoners of the former GDR Ministry of State Security (Stasi) in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen was not an ordinary place of detention. This building, which did not appear on the maps of East Berlin and which still bears traces of Germany’s recent history (Nazism, Soviet occupation, communist dictatorship), has the grim particularity of having as many interrogation rooms as detention cells. Read More »

Andrei Tarkovsky – Archives Cinéma Andrei Tarkovsky (1989)

“Positif” a publié le premier entretien avec Tarkovski en France. Cette anthologie de textes parus dan la revue rassemble études, critiques, entretiens avec le cinéaste et témoignages de ses collaborateurs. Elle est illustrée de 70 photographies. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Comédie de l’innocence AKA Comedy of Innocence (2000)


After Calderón and Proust, Comédie de l’innocence is another literary adaptation, this time from the little-known Italian surrealist Massimo Bontempelli. Updated from the last fin de siècle to this more recent time of uncertainty, Comédie de l’innocence’s plot is small but perfectly formed. With Aristotelian rigour it moves from the opening conundrum (a child torn between two mothers), through the complication (the confrontation between the mothers and Ariane’s brother Serge), to a satisfying conclusion. Ruiz, who takes a co-credit as scriptwriter with Françoise Dumas, keeps up the tension, however, with laconic and enigmatic dialogue. When Ariane visits the empty flat of Isabella, a nosy neighbour remarks: ‘I really don’t want to know.’ Ariane replies: ‘There is nothing to know.’ Read More »

Bertrand Bonello – Zombi Child (2019)

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret – not suspecting that it will push one of them to commit the irreparable. Read More »

Paul Vecchiali – La cérémonie (2014)

“La Cérémonie” de 2014, est donné en complément de “Change pas de main” dans l’édition La Traverse. C’est un film tourné en parallèle au dernier long “Nuits blanches sur la Jetée” ; une sorte de rêverie incestueuse construite sur la permutation ludique des deux interprètes, Astrid Adverbe et Pascal Cervo, à nouveau fils et fille de fiction tendrement fantasmés du réalisateur.
“The Ceremony” (2014), is featured as an extra to “Change pas de main” in the La Traverse release. It is a film shot in parallel with the feature film “Nuits blanches sur la jetée”; a sort of incestuous reverie built on the playful permutation of the two performers, Astrid Adverbe and Pascal Cervo, this time again as fictive son and daughter , tenderly fantasized by the director. Read More »

Jacques Doillon – Raja (2003)

Venice Film Festival winner RAJA is the March selection in The Film Movement Series. Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westernet living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, RAJA is a cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman’s complex relationship with a local youth. Fred’s attempt at seduction, and their mutual attempt at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income and cultural sophistication. The New York Times wrote “What distinguishes Raja from every other movie to contemplate the treacherous intersection of passion, avarice and power is its unsettling emotional honesty. Read More »

Joyce Buñuel – La jument vapeur AKA Dirty Dishes (1978)

Diary of a housewife, going mad. Armelle is nearly 30, with a husband and two sons. It’s the early 80s in France, unemployment is high, and she’s not worked (outside the home) since she was a dancer at age 20. She cooks, cleans, shops, takes her boys to school, and her guilty pleasure is to have her hair shampooed, an addiction she tries to hide from her husband. An architect in her building leers at her. She becomes depressed and tries to find a job. When the brakes on the family car go out as she’s taking it to a garage and she narrowly misses several pedestrians, she snaps. The architect assaults her, and desperation sets in. Has she any options or any hope? -Written by jhailey Read More »