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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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An elegiac, much-lauded film, in which love, family, music, faith and football (plus a little eccentricity) bind the town of Timbuktu, despite the controlling, uncompromising presence of the Jihadists. Abderrahmane Sissako directs and writes with a poet’s sensibility, seeking emotional … Continue reading

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Elle L’Adore (She Worships Him)

An obsessive fertile imagination is vital to securing freedom for divorced Parisian beautician, Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain) in this Claude Chabrol-style thriller. When rock star Vincent Lacroix (Laurent Lafitte) accidentally kills his girlfriend during a lover’s tiff, he approaches Muriel, his … Continue reading

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A conversation with Marie Rivière … Eric Rohmer’s intelligent adoration of women

Eric Rohmer’s Le Rayon Vert (‘The Green Ray’) and La Femme De L’Aviateur (‘The Aviator’s Wife’) are part of my summer blood. I watch them every August and in my mind they are like old friends, associated with clear night … Continue reading

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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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