The Party (2017)

SALLY POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom, 2017.  Adventure Pictures, Oxwich Media.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov.  Produced by Kurban Kassam, Christopher Sheppard.  Music by Matt Biffa.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing by Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn.  Berlin Film Festival 2017.   Kristin Scott Thomas has just been named England’s Health Minister…

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Me And My Sister (2004)

ALEXANDRA LECLERE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  Les Soeurs Fachees France, 2004.  Pan Européenne, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Canal+, CinéCinéma.  Screenplay by Alexandra Leclere.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by Philippe Godeau.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Esther Walz.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze, Jacqueline Mariani.   Friendly, vivacious Louise (Catherine…

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Wild Orchid (1989)

ZALMAN KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1989.  Vision PDG.  Screenplay by Patricia Louisianna Knop, Zalman King.  Cinematography by Gale Tattersall.  Produced by Tony Anthony, Lester Berman, Mark Damon.  Music by Simon Goldenberg, Geoff MacCormack.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Ileane Meltzer, Marlene Stewart.  Film Editing by Marc Grossman, Glenn Morgan.   As “columnist” Libby Gelman-Waxner so brilliantly put it, this…

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On The Road (2012)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  France/USA/United Kingdom/Brazil/Canada, 2012.  MK2 Productions, American Zoetrope, Jerry Leider Company, Vanguard Films, Film4, France 2 Cinema, France Televisions, Canal+, Cine+, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by…

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The Kite Runner (2007)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Participant Media, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Beijing Happy Pictures Cultural Communications Co., Kite Runner Holdings.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by William Horberg, E. Bennett Walsh, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by…

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Drole D’Endroit Pour Une Rencontre (1988)

FRANCOIS DUPEYRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Alternate title:  A Strange Place To Meet, Strange Place For An Encounter France, 1988.  DD Productions, Deneuve, Films A2, Hachette Première, Hachette Productions, Les Editions Sidonie, Orly Films.  Screenplay by Francois Dupeyron, Dominique Faysse.  Cinematography by Charles Van Damme.  Produced by Catherine Deneuve.  Music by Nicola Piovani.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by…

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Yes (2004)

SALLY POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2004.  Adventure Pictures, GreeneStreet Films, Studio Fierberg, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by Aleksei Rodionov.  Produced by Andrew Fieberg, Christopher Sheppard.  Music by Sally Potter.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Daniel Goddard.  Toronto International Film Festival 2004.   Very few directors can pull off experimentation…

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The Man Who Cried (2000)

SALLY POTTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2000.  Canal+, Universal Pictures, Adventure Pictures, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Christopher Sheppard.  Music by Osvaldo Golijov.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Lindy Hemming.  Film Editing by Herve Schneid.  Venice Film Festival Award 2000 Poetic melodrama from director Sally Potter that follows the plight…

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My Favorite Season (1993)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Ma Saison Preferee France, 1993.  D.A. Films, Les Films Alain Sarde, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Pascal Bonitzer, Andre Techine. Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Alain Sarde.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Claire Fraisse.  Film Editing by Martine Giordano.   Gorgeous miniature epic by Andre Techine, about…

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB Original title:  Diarios De Motocicleta Argentina/USA/United Kingdom/Germany/Mexico/Chile/Peru/France, 2004.  FilmFour, Wildwood Enterprises, Tu Vas Voir Productions, BD Cine, Inca Films S.A., Sahara Films, Senator Film Produktion, Sound for Film.  Screenplay by Jose Rivera,  based on the books Notas De Viaje by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Con El Che Por America Latina by…

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Golden Door

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Nuovomondo Masterful epic, brilliantly capturing the experience of European emigration to America at the turn of the century. It begins in a dirt poor Italian village where the Mancuso family, who don’t even have shoes to call their own, make the decision to pick up and head across the ocean…

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French Twist (1995)

JOSIANE BALASKO Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5 Original title:  Gazon Maudit France, 1995.  Canal+, Les Films Flam, Renn Productions, TF1 Films Production.  Story by Telsche Boorman, Screenplay by Josiane Balasko, Patrick Aubree.  Cinematography by Gerard de Battista.  Produced by Pierre Grunstein.  Music by Manuel Malou.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Fabienne Katany.  Film Editing by Claudine Martin.   Ridiculous French comedy…

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