Tag Archive: Catherine Deneuve

The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her late husband Jacques Demy‘s much… Continue reading

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L’Amour Fou

BBB.5 (out of 5) This movie has been reviewed at Magenta Magazine. France, 2010 Directed by Pierre Thoretton Cinematography by Leo Hinstin Produced by Hugues Charbonneau, Kristina Larsen Music by Come Aguiar, Laurent… Continue reading

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Three Hearts (3 Coeurs)

BB.5 (out of 5) Having missed his train that was to take him back to Paris, Benoît Poelvoorde wanders the streets of a country town and happens upon Charlotte Gainsbourg.  The two enjoy a… Continue reading

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Dancer In The Dark

BBBB (out of 5) Lars Von Trier repeats his exact formula from his 1996 art house hit Breaking The Waves with one notable exception: this time the leading lady sings up a storm.… Continue reading

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God Loves Caviar

B (out of 5) A biopic about eighteenth century pirate-turned-business mogul Ioannis Varvakis sounds like a terrific idea, but this one falls flat almost from the very beginning. Director Yannis Smaragdis films the… Continue reading

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Lines Of Wellington

BBB (out of 5) Raoul Ruiz was in pre-production of this epic examination of Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1810 when he passed away at the age of 70, prompting producers to hire… Continue reading

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Frequent Death (Frequence Meurtre)

BB.5 (out of 5) Routine thriller that only has life because of the wonderful work by star Catherine Deneuve. She plays a psychoanalyst who hosts a radio show and begins to worry when… Continue reading

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Bill Cunningham New York

BBBB (out of 5) One moment in this deliciously fun documentary stands out above all the others: Bill Cunningham, New York City photographer extraordinaire, waits outside a Paris fashion show and allows himself… Continue reading

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8 Women (8 Femmes)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Take a Hercule Poirot mystery, cast France’s eight most beautiful and talented women, throw in a selection of popular French tunes from the fifties and sixties, and photograph it… Continue reading

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Potiche

BB (out of 5) Francois Ozon returns to kitsch with this ironic comedy about female empowerment.  Catherine Deneuve is delightful as a trophy housewife whose children (Jérémie Renier, Judith Godrèche) are ashamed of… Continue reading

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Apres Lui

BBB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve is devastated when her university-student son is killed in a car accident. His best friend Franck was the driver in the incident and survived the crash, and… Continue reading

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Nearest To Heaven (Au Plus Pres Du Paradis)

BB.5 (out of 5) Watching Catherine Deneuve loll around her apartment for two hours really is entertainment in itself, but a boring movie is a boring movie and even her fantastic acting and mythical… Continue reading

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Agent Trouble

BBBB (out of 5) A hitchhiker travelling through the snowy regions of northern France comes across a tour bus packed with tourists who all turn out to be dead. He comes back to… Continue reading

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Dirty Money (Un Flic) (A Cop)

BBBB (out of 5) The great Jean-Pierre Melville ended his career with a cop caper as classy and exciting as the best in his oeuvre. It opens with a bank robbery that goes… Continue reading

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Palais Royal

B.5 (out of 5) Disappointingly anodyne comedy directed, co-written by and starring the fabulous Valerie Lemercier. She plays the wife to the prince of France whose life of relative obscurity and normality is… Continue reading

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The Big Picture (L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A successful lawyer (Romain Duris) is informed by his partner (Catherine Deneuve, luminous as always) that she has a terminal illness and that she intends to leave him the… Continue reading

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The White Queen (La Reine Blanche)

BBB (out of 5) Years after she won her town of Nante’s local beauty contest, a still gorgeous housewife (Catherine Deneuve, of course) has her quiet life with husband (Richard Bohringer) and kids… Continue reading

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The Musketeer

B (out of 5) Laughably bad adaptation (or should I say bastardization) of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel The Three Musketeers, that has D’Artagnan joining the swordfighters to avenge his parents’ death and save the… Continue reading

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The Hunger

BB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a vampire couple who search the underground punk clubs of their urban city for victims with which to enjoy all manner of lethal, carnal pleasures.… Continue reading

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The Last Metro (Le Dernier Metro)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the last great films to come from a giant of European cinema, Francois Truffaut. Catherine Deneuve is excellent as a famous actress working in a theatre in Nazi-occupied… Continue reading

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Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirene Du Mississipi)

BBBB (out of 5) Anyone who had any inclination to see the ridiculous Original Sin starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas should skip it and see this version of Cornell Woolrich’s story. Dedicated… Continue reading

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Pola X

BBBB (out of 5) The genius of Leos Carax applies itself to a modernized, highly eccentric adaptation of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Pierre Or The Ambiguities (the title of the film is the initials of… Continue reading

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Night Wind (Le Vent De La Nuit)

B.5 (out of 5) It’s possible that there’s a level of realism to Philippe Garrel’s films that some audiences appreciate, but I just can’t seem to find the element that makes them work.… Continue reading

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Drole D’Endroit Pour Une Rencontre (A Strange Place To Meet) (Strange Place For An Encounter)

BBBB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve produced this sweet-natured romantic comedy, in which she stars as a married woman thrown out of a car by her husband and abandoned at a rest-stop outside… Continue reading

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Donkey Skin (Peau D’Ane) (Once Upon A Time)

BBBB (out of 5) Hilarious fairy tale with a bent sense of humour, definitely targeted to grownups but perfectly suitable for children.  Catherine Deneuve plays the luminous princess of a castle whose father… Continue reading

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The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles De Rochefort)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jacques Demy follows the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical. This time the entire dialogue track is not sung, and the format is more like a… Continue reading

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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies De Cherbourg)

BBBB (out of 5) Taking the conventions of the musical genre and using a tragic storybook romance as a basis, director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand present a fully-sung story about a… Continue reading

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A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)

BBBB (out of 5) Manoel de Oliveira, who was an astonishing 95 at the time he made this film, creates an obviously allegorical but satisfying and memorable film that examines human relations throughout… Continue reading

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I’m Going Home (Je Rentre A La Maison)

BBB (out of 5) Sweet, minor tale about an aging actor (Michel Piccoli) who learns on the night of a high-profile performance that his wife, daughter and son-in-law have been killed in a… Continue reading

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Le Choc

BBB (out of 5) An overly familiar story is made palatable thanks to star power in this chic French thriller. Alain Delon plays a hired gun who decides to hang up his pistol… Continue reading

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Choice Of Arms (Le Choix Des Armes)

BBB (out of 5) Stylish thriller about two convicts who escape from prison and kill two cops in their attempt to outrun the law. The elder of the two, critically wounded in the… Continue reading

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East-West (Est-Ouest)

BBBB (out of 5) Depressing but strong drama about an expatriate Russian doctor who accepts Stalin’s invitation to return to 1930’s Russia with his French wife (Sandrine Bonnaire, fantastic) and son only to… Continue reading

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Indochine

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Epic French film plays like the kind of grand melodrama that hasn’t been seen on screen in years. A wealthy plantation owner (Catherine Deneuve) in French-controlled Indochina is also… Continue reading

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My Favorite Season (Ma Saison Preferee)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Gorgeous miniature epic by Andre Techine, about the ties that are rediscovered when an estranged brother and sister connect over their mother’s failing health. Despite the fact that they… Continue reading

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Kings And Queen (Rois Et Reine)

BBBB (out of 5) Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric are both outstanding in this character epic whose tragic and comedic elements combine for an overwhelmingly humane experience. Devos plays a single mother who… Continue reading

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A Christmas Tale (Un Conte De Noel)

BBBBB (out of 5) Imagine if The Family Stone was an epic European masterpiece and you pretty much have this absolutely breathtaking film by Arnaud Desplechin (Kings And Queen). His humane touch is… Continue reading

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Repulsion

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A mentally unstable young woman living in London (Catherine Deneuve) is afraid of being left alone following a personal trauma. When her sister announces that she is going on… Continue reading

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Tristana

BBBB (out of 5) Luis Bunuel reunites with his Belle De Jour star Catherine Deneuve for another classic. After her mother dies, Deneuve is left in the care of a wealthy, older gentleman (Fernando… Continue reading

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Belle De Jour

BBBBB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve plays an icy, bored housewife whose life with her gorgeous, rich doctor husband seems to be perfect but it’s not enough for her.  She avoids sexual contact… Continue reading

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Time Regained (Le temps retrouvé, d’après l’oeuvre de Marcel Proust)

BBBBB (out of 5) Sometimes tough to follow but richly rewarding adaptation of one part of Marcel Proust’s supposedly unfilmable “Remembrance Of Things Past”. As he lies dying in bed, Proust recalls all… Continue reading

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Persepolis

BBBBB (out of 5) Marjane Satrapi’s popular graphic novel is translated to the big screen with her gorgeous art work intact.  It recounts growing up on the cusp of one of Iran’s most… Continue reading

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