Great Directors

BB.5 (out of 5) Angela Ismailos travels the world interviewing filmmakers of note and having them speak on camera about their experiences and achievements.  A wonderful assortment of artists are happy to share their opinions and memories, from David Lynch talking about the career-changing introduction to Mel Brooks, to Agnes Varda reflecting on aging, Catherine Breillat discussing censorship and John Sayles spelling out the … More Great Directors

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Abuse Of Weakness (Abus De Faiblesse)

BB.5 (out of 5) Catherine Breillat taps into her own experience with the severe stroke she had a number of years back which nearly ended her film career.  Isabelle Huppert appears as Breillat’s alter ego, an uncompromising filmmaker whose life is mainly concerned with the pleasure of work.  Following her illness and difficult first days of rehab, … More Abuse Of Weakness (Abus De Faiblesse)

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The Last Mistress (Une Vielle Maitresse)

BBBB (out of 5) Catherine Breillat lightens up on her hypersexual style and puts her force behind story and character in this sumptuous adaptation of the novel by Jules-Amedee Barbey d’Aurevilly. Announcing itself as set in the era of Choderlos de Laclos (author of Dangerous Liaisons), the film tells a similar tale of sexual manipulation and passion … More The Last Mistress (Une Vielle Maitresse)

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Sex Is Comedy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Provocative filmmaker Catherine Breillat goes self-reflexive in one of her most highly enjoyable films, an examination of the process of making films with nudity and sexual content. Riffing off her experiences working on her famously controversial Fat Girl, it features a brilliant Anne Parillaud as a director who is having a hell … More Sex Is Comedy

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Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur!)

BB.5 (out of 5) Catherine Breillat continues her assault on the limits of cinematic sexuality with this pretentious drama. At its core is a beautifully observed, witty and intelligent dissection of the relationship between two young sisters, one a teen beauty and the other a spunky but insecure chubby adolescent. When the elder sister makes … More Fat Girl (A Ma Soeur!)

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Romance (1999)

BB (out of 5) Ridiculous French drama made a splash in North American theatres for its graphic sexuality (the actors are really doing it onscreen) and frontal nudity (male erections front and centre). However, the story is so flat and dull that the thrill of its naughtiness will wear off quickly enough. Caroline Ducey gives … More Romance (1999)

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Last Tango In Paris (Ultimo Tango A Parigi)

BBB (out of 5) Marlon Brando plays the American owner of a Parisian flophouse whose wife has just committed suicide and left him in psychological and spiritual trauma. He randomly encounters Maria Schneider in a hotel room and the two begin a sexual affair, she spending the rest of her time appearing in a television documentary … More Last Tango In Paris (Ultimo Tango A Parigi)

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