The World of Jacques Demy (L’univers de Jacques Demy) (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel Legrand. Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Agnes…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans) (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary…

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L’Amour Fou

BBB.5 (out of 5) This movie has been reviewed at Magenta Magazine. Les Films du Lendemain, Les Films de Pierre, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, France Télévision France, 2010 Directed by Pierre Thoretton Cinematography by Leo Hinstin Produced by Hugues Charbonneau, Kristina Larsen Music by Come Aguiar, Laurent Levesque Production Design by Olivier Pacteau Film Editing…

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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 romantic encounter, walking and talking all night and agreeing to meet in the City of Lights the following week.  When an anxiety…

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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. Björk is phenomenal in her film debut as a young woman who is slowly going blind, working in a factory to save up…

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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 project in English, presumably because it got him a better budget for the plush trappings and also to increase its viability on…

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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 his wife Valeria Sarmiento to complete it. It’s a multi-tiered exploration of characters high and low experiencing the devastation of war as…

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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 strange things begin happening to her. Somebody breaks into her home, a mysterious voice begins calling into her show and threats against…

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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 to be detained before his credentials are confirmed. Noticing that the man who has been snapping shots of clothing on stages and…

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8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France/Italy, 2002.  BIM Distribuzione, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Fidélité Productions, France 2 Cinema, Gimages 5, Local Films, Mars Distribution.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, Marina de Van, based on the play by Robert Thomas.  Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie.  Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier.  Music by Krishna Levy.  Production Design by Arnaud de…

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Potiche (2010)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France, 2010.  Mandarin Films, FOZ, France 2 Cinema, Mars Films, Wild Bunch, Scope Pictures, Canal+, France Télévision, TPS Star, Région Wallone, La Banque Postale Image 3, Cofinova 6, Cinémage 4, Soficinéma 6, SCOPE Invest.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, based on the play by Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Gredy.  Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux.  Produced by…

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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 Deneuve becomes immediately obsessed with him and his life to the point that she causes concern with his and her own family….

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