Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Madame Hyde (Mrs. Hyde) (2017)

SERGE BOZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Belgium, 2017.  Les Films Pelléas, Arte France Cinéma, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Frakas Productions, Canal+, Ciné+, Arte France, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Haut et Court Distribution, Cinémage 11, Indéfilms 5, Soficinéma 13, Région Ile-de-France, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Casa Kafka Pictures, Casa Kafka Pictures…

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Happy End (2017)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Austria/Germany, 2017.  Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film, Arte France Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE G.E.I.E, Arte France, France Televisions, Canal+,  Cine+, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Région Hauts-de-France, Filmforderungsanstalt, CNC/FFA Mini-Traite, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Eurimages.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Production Design…

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The Measure of a Man (La Loi Du Marche) (2015)

STEPHANE BRIZE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 2015.  Nord-Ouest Productions, Arte France Cinema, Canal+, Cine+, Arte France, TS Productions, Region Ile-de-France, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Stephane Brize, Olivier Gorce.  Cinematography by Eric Dumont.  Produced by Philip Boeffard, Christophe Rossignon.  Production Design by Valerie Saradjian.  Costume Design by Ann Dunsford, Diane Dussaud.  Film Editing by Anne Klotz.  Cannes Film Festival Awards 2015.  …

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The Salesman (Forushande)

BBBBB (out of 5) The stunning opening sequence of this absorbing drama sets the tension right away as an apartment building is threatening to collapse and forces its tenants to evacuate immediately.  A couple who are performing in a Farsi translation of Miller’s Death Of A Salesman at night while he supplements their income by teaching during the day have to find a new…

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Things To Come (L’Avenir)

BBBB (out of 5) The assumption is that the life of a philosophy professor is a dull one, a lot of reading and hypothetical arguments with students; the instructor at the heart of Mia Hansen-Love’s intelligent and affecting drama, played with delicate intelligence by a riveting Isabelle Huppert, has experiences that are anything but isolating or dull….

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Wrong

BB (out of 5) Jack Plotnick‘s alarm goes off at 7:60am, at which point he realizes his dog is missing and his jogging-obsessed neighbor, who insists he doesn’t jog, tells him he doesn’t know where it went. Plotnick goes to work, even though he was fired months ago, a place where the rain pours in…

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Post Tenebras Lux

BBB (out of 5) Carlos Reygadas investigates the line between the physical and ethereal in a loosely formed look at an urban family who have taken up residence on a Mexican ranch. The children are fascinated by the natural wonders around them, the father is somewhat unsettled by the phenomena he sees (and his taking…

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The Missing Picture (L’Image Manquante)

BBBB (out of 5) Rithy Panh adapts his own memoir about surviving the Khmer Rouge for a moving and powerful film. File footage of battle and hardship are interspersed with dramatic recreations of Panh’s experiences using wooden figurines to represent the characters in his narrative; it sounds twee but there is a haunting quality to…

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Saint Laurent

BBBB (out of 5) This movie has been reviewed at Magenta Magazine. Mandarin Films, EuropaCorp, Orange Studio, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+, Ciné+, Arte France, SofiTVCiné, La Banque Postale Image 7, Films Distribution, Région Ile-de-France, Procirep, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Scope Pictures France/Belgium, 2014 Directed by Bertrand Bonello Screenplay by Bertrand Bonello, Thomas Bidegain Cinematography…

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Clouds of Sils Maria

BB.5 (out of 5) Successful movie star Juliette Binoche is on her way to an awards ceremony honouring the playwright who launched her career decades earlier, with cell-phone laden assistant Kristen Stewart perpetually behind her.  On the train ride to Zurich they learn that the event’s honouree, on whose behalf Binoche was planning to accept a prize,…

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Mysteries of Lisbon (Misterios de Lisboa) (2010)

RAOUL RUIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Portugal/France, 2010.  Clap Filmes, Alfama Films, Arte France, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Cofinova Développement, Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, Camara Municipal de Sintra, Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo, Egeac.  Screenplay by Carlos Saboga, based on the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.  Cinematography by Andre Szankowski.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Jorge Arriagada, Luis de Freitas…

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