Tag Archives: Juliet Berto

Juliet Berto & Jean-Henri Roger – Cap Canaille (1983)

Marseille, the 80s. Criminal fires, real estate business.
A burnt hill belongs to Paula Baretto, her only goods and heritage from her murdered father, ex-chemist of the French Connection… Read More »

Jacques Doillon – La vie de famille AKA Family Life (1985)

This is an affecting story about a father’s attempts to mend the breaches in the relationship between himself and his 10-year-old daughter. Emmanuel (Sami Frey) is the father of Elise (Mara Goyet) by his first marriage, and the stepfather of an older daughter by his second marriage. He tries to make the best of both family relationships by taking off to visit his young daughter on the weekends, but that only makes his new family a little jealous – especially his stepdaughter. She herself is confused about her own relationship with him. After a particularly emotional send-off one weekend, Emmanuel and Elise take a trip from the south of France into Spain, working on a film project. Through a series of round-about conversations, Emmanuel manages to open up a few channels of communication with Elise – channels that expand even wider when he uses the technique of talking into her video camera to express thoughts and feelings that otherwise would have remained hidden. Read More »

Juliet Berto – Havre (1986)

Lili, a woman-child alone in this tough port city, tries to restore order to her life after the death of her lover, a computer “composer.” She has to deal with four local dockworkers — symbolizing fire, water, earth, and wind — struggling between destruction and the path to self-discovery. Read More »

Robert Kramer – Guns (1980)

Following a series of films questioning commitment and politics in America and culminating with Milestones 1975, and a 1977 documentary on Lisbon’s Carnation Revolution, Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal, Robert Kramer moved to France with his family. The first film he made there was Guns, an intricate feature which echoed the paranoid films of 1970’s Hollywood. With Guns, Kramer continues his exploration of the militant psyche, while at the same time experimenting with different forms of narration. Read More »

Juliet Berto & Jean-Henri Roger – Neige AKA Snow [+Extra] (1981)

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An illustration of the more or less weird people in the nightlife of the revel region of a French town. In the center of the (almost non-existing) plot are barmaid Anita and a reverend. Anita cares for the Caribbean dealer Bobby like a mother, but he’s too cool to listen to her warnings. When he’s caught by the police, Anita has pity for her friends who are without “neige” (snow, probably cocaine) now, and tries to help them out. Read More »

Delphine Seyrig – Sois belle et tais-toi AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up (1981)

Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to “be beautiful and shut up”. Read More »

Claude Miller – Camille ou La comédie catastrophique (1971)

Camille invites some soldiers to spend a Sunday in the country with her. When they arrive, they find that something is amiss. Read More »