Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Nos Amours (To Our Romance)

An angry, mysterious affection exists between teenage Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) and her father (Maurice Pialat, also the director), and from their first scene together, when he jokingly suggests he join his daughter and her best friend in bed for their … Continue reading

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Mademoiselle Chambon

When fear and timidity (and being unsure of how we feel) make it difficult to talk, music can provide a more eloquent and precise language. Mademoiselle Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain) and Jean (Vincent Lindon) have this problem: they are both shy … Continue reading

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Juste Avant La Nuit (Just Before Nightfall)

Claude Chabrol’s Juste Avant La Nuit opens with an arresting S&M scene between married Charles (Michel Bouquet) and Laura, his mistress and wife of his best friend. When their play goes horribly wrong, resulting in her death, Charles returns to … Continue reading

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Fidelio : L’Odyssée D’Alice (Fidelio: Alice’s Journey)

Ariane Labed’s face is a map of closely drawn emotion, with eyes that are as articulate and luminous as the sea on which the ship sails. Continue reading

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