Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)

It’s the summer holidays, school hasn’t started yet, and ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) has moved to a new neighbourhood with her parents and younger sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévanna). School hasn’t begun yet, Laure has no friends, and her heavily pregnant mother (Sophie Cattani) spends her days resting whilst her father (Mathieu Demy) works full-time. … Continue reading Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)

November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)

November navigates the lives of poor Estonian villagers through the harsh landscape of a cold winter, stealing and thieving their way through survival. Folklore and traditions dictate their questionable behaviour, offering their blood to the Devil in exchange for a soul to inhabit their Kratt (a man-made and often crudely-constructed thing that aids the villagers … Continue reading November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017): a director’s recurring visual voice for disturbed characters

Lynne Ramsay’s 2017 film You Were Never Really Here premiered 6 years after her masterpiece We Need to Talk About Kevin, one of my favourite and most-watched films of all time, so it’s surprising how long it’s taken to get around to watching it. The fairly short – 1hr30m – film is a violent-but-not-graphic, intense-but-not-explicit … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017): a director’s recurring visual voice for disturbed characters

Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen, 2018)

Two biographies written by father and son respectively, combined together to create a painfully emotional film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language directorial debut Beautiful Boy (2018). Beautiful Boy takes the names and stories chronicled in the books Tweak (Nic Sheff) about the author’s own struggle with drug addiction, and his father’s perspective … Continue reading Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen, 2018)

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1968)

Buñuel’s masterpiece Belle de Jour (1968) has certainly aged well; the film’s reflection on the hypocrisy of sexuality and eroticism in gender is always a pertinent discussion to be had, even in 2019. The double-standards of sexual exploration and expression are subtly criticised throughout the story of the bored housewife Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) as her … Continue reading Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1968)