D: Christophe Honoré (Metamorphoses, Beloved, The Beautiful Person, Love Songs, Dans Paris, Ma Mère).
S: Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste.
Ghosts of lovers past in a big heartened French Christmas movie. Playful and sexy. Thought-provokingly the story makes the case for polyamory in long term relationships.
D: Chinonye Chukwu.
S: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce.
Every scene wrings (melo)drama, to show the inhumanity of capital punishment being part of a criminal justice system. The emotional/psychological toll on characters has power.
COUP 53 [documentary] ★★★★½
D: Taghi Amirani.
Trenchant and intelligent. Accelerating over the runtime, information is eventually conveyed at a breakneck pace. (A few sequences could have benefitted from some breathing room.)