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Grenouille d’Hiver (Winter Frog)

Gérard Depardieu is a grey, sad viticulturist, and Eriko Takeda disturbs the tombs in his eyes … Continue reading

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21 Nuits avec Pattie (21 Nights with Pattie)

Like a grown-up Alice stepping into Wonderland, Parisian fortysomething (‘Caroline’ played by Isabelle Carré) arrives at her recently deceased mother’s country house in southern France to organise her funeral. She finds her mother’s corpse, resembling a man in drag, in … Continue reading

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Les Amants (The Lovers)

Louis Malle turns the table on femininity and ennui by placing Jeanne (Jeanne Moreau), a bourgeois late-fifties housewife, at the centre of a masterful triad of Polo, the driving car and a soundtrack by Brahms. They narrate her journey from … Continue reading

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Les Choristes (The Chorus)

Music, patience and compassion are a far cry from the discipline-maxim ‘Action-Reaction,’ barked by the headmaster of Fond de l’Etang (Rock Bottom), the boarding school for ‘difficult boys.’ It’s 1948, and punishment is administered with a steady, consistent hand: lashings … Continue reading

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Merci Pour Le Chocolat

‘I have a knack for doing wrong,’ confesses Swiss-Chocolate factory owner Mika Muller (Isabelle Huppert), the praline beauty in Claude Chabrol’s detective-style thriller. Chabrol wanted to make a film about ‘Evil’, chose Huppert as its purveyor, and from the opening … Continue reading

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La Jalousie (Jealousy)

Jealousy and infidelity stand close and intimate in Philippe Garrel’s slender, simple tale of an actor who moves out of the apartment he shares with his young daughter and girlfriend, and goes to live with his new love. So personal, … Continue reading

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