Monthly Archives: March 2015

Au Coeur du Mensonge (The Colour of Lies)

Claude Chabrol masters melancholia as well as suspense in a tale that starts abruptly with a young girl found murdered in the woods of a Breton coastal-town. The last person to see her is her art teacher, René (Jacques Gamblin), … Continue reading

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Partir (Leaving)

A fine line divides madness and rational thought in Catherine Corsini’s psychological study of dissatisfied Suzanne (Kristin Scott Thomas), the bourgeois wife of a doctor, and mother to two unappreciative teenagers. The plot’s bare bones (housewife falls in love with … Continue reading

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La Femme De L’Aviateur (The Aviator’s Wife)

Love, jealousy and misunderstanding feel like soft rain in the first of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Comedies and Proverbs’ series. Here are two very different 1980s Parisian women. One is Anne (Marie Rivière): she’s a 25 year-old secretary who lives in small … Continue reading

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Potiche

François Ozon’s adoration of the power and complexity in women is infectious. In this gloriously light comedy about matriarchy, Catherine Deneuve is the resplendent Suzanne Pujol, the ‘potiche’ (trophy wife) of Robert (Fabrice Luchini), archetypal 70s businessman and director of … Continue reading

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