Showing at both the New York and London Film Festivals. Looks powerful. From the director of SELMA.
It has been six long years since Mike Mills' superb BEGINNERS.
Out to own today:
The Nice Guys
A WOMAN'S LIFE ★★☆☆☆
D: Stéphane Brizé (The Measure of a Man, Not Here to Be Loved).
S: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Clotilde Hesme.
Padded, repetitive, monotone catalogue of misery. 19th century patriarchy condemnation needed far more vitality.
D: Ivan I. Tverdovsky.
S: Natalia Pavlenkova, Dmitry Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko.
A woman grows a tail, and suffers even more after brief moments of hope. Society's cruelty is the target.
HEAL THE LIVING ★★★★☆
D: Katell Quillévéré.
S: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni, Karim Leklou, Alice de Lencquesaing, Finnegan Oldfield, Théo Cholbi, Gabin Verdet, Dominique Blanc.
Stylish, emotional, tense. Melodrama of the highest order. Juxtaposition of scenes deft.
HERMIA & HELENA ★★☆☆☆
D: Matías Piñeiro.
S: Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Mati Diop.
Pretentious. Grating. Cloying camerawork. Post-mumblecore tedium. Continually dropped into uninteresting lives.
DON’T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK ★★☆☆☆
D: Laura Isreal.
Perfunctory, cursory doc on photographer/filmmaker. Contrast BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK or THE SALT OF THE EARTH.
D: Alex Taylor.
S: Alexa Davies, Antti Reini, Steven Elder.
Inconsequential. Woeful storytelling, characterisation and dialogue. Decent style though.
THE RED TURTLE ★★★★½
D: Michael Dudok de Wit.
Artistic producer: Isao Takahata.
A Studio Ghibli co-production. Barring Miyazaki, their best in years. Deceptively simplistic. Moving. Unexpected.
D: Nicolette Krebitz.
S: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Silke Bodenbender, Saskia Rosendahl.
Surreal, funny, erotic. Taboo-busting maybe the dominant force, but there's more going on.
D: Edoardo de Angelis.
S: Gaetano Bruno, Marco Mario de Notaris, Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana.
Self-determination, co-dependency, exploitation. Unusual portrait of almost post-apocalyptic poverty.
THE RIGHT STUFF for a new generation? Here's hoping.
Could Nic Cage be back on form?
The director, the leads, the concept, this has the makings of something impressive.
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