India Song (1975)

MARGUERITE DURAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 France, 1975. Sunchild Productions, Les Films Armorial. Screenplay by Marguerite Duras. Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten. Produced by Simon Damiani, André Valio-Cavaglione. Music by Carlos D’Alessio. Film Editing by Solange Leprince. Probably the best known of Marguerite Duras’ directorial efforts, this photographically pristine film will frustrate all but…

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I Can’t Sleep (1994)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  J’ai Pas Sommeil France/Germany/Switzerland, 1994.  Arena Films, Orsans, Les Films de Mindif, France 3 Cinema, M6 Films, Agora Film, Vega Film.  Screenplay by Jean-Pol Fargeau, Claire Denis.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced by Bruno Pesery.  Music by Jean-Louis Murat, John Pattison.  Production Design by Arnaud de…

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Our Paradise (2011)

GAEL MOREL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  Notre Paradis France, 2011.  Alfama Films, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Région Rhône-Alpes, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Gael Morel.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Camille Rocailleux, Louis Sclavis.  Costume Design by Helena Goncalves.  Film Editing by Catherine Schwartz.   More unapologetically realized naughtiness from France, this time the steamy love story between an aging…

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Merci Dr Rey! (2002)

ANDREW LITVACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Alternate title:  Merci Docteur Rey France/USA, 2002.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Eat Your Soup Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Litvack.  Cinematography by Laurent Machuel.  Produced by Rahila Bootwala, Nathalie Gastaldo.  Music by Geoff Alexander.  Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir.  Costume Design by Pierre-Yves Gayraud.  Film Editing by Giles Gardner.   Despite the fact that his mother is the most famous…

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Chicken With Plums (2011)

VINCENT PARONNAUD, MARJANE SATRAPI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB Original story:  Poulet Aux Prunes France/Germany/Belgium, 2011.  Celluloid Dreams, The Manipulators, uFilm, Studio 37, Le Pacte, Lorette Production, Film(s), Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Cinémage 5, uFund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Umedia.  Screenplay by Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, based on…

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Factotum (2005)

BENT HAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Norway/USA/Germany/France/Italy, 2005.  Bulbul Films, Canal+, Celluloid Dreams, Factotum, MBP, Mikado Film, Network Movie Film-und Fernsehproduktion, Norsk Filmfond, Norsk Filmstudio, Norwegian Film Institute, Pandora Filmproduktion, SF Norge A/S, StarkSales Inc., ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Bent Hamer, Jim Stark, based on the novel by Charles Bukowski.  Cinematography by John Christian Rosenlund.  Produced by Bent…

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Chocolat (1988)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany/Cameroon, 1988.  Caroline Productions, Cerito Films, Cinémanuel, La Sept Cinéma, Le F.O.D.I.C. Cameroun, MK2 Productions, TF1 Films Production, Wim Wenders Productions.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Robert Alazraki.  Produced by Alain Belmondo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Crosnier.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Production Design by Thierry Flamand.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing…

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Wings Of Desire (1987)

WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Der Himmel Uber Berlin West Germany/France, 1987.  Road Movies Filmproduktion, Argos Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Wim Wenders, co-writer Peter Handke, screenplay contributor Richard Reitinger.  Cinematography by Henri Alekan.  Produced by Anatole Dauman, Wim Wenders.  Music by Jurgen Knieper.  Production Design by Heidi Ludi.  Costume Design by Monika Jacobs.  Film Editing by Peter Przygodda.  …

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Let My People Go! (2011)

MIKAEL BUCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  France, 2011.  Les Films Pelléas, France 2 Cinéma, Jouror Productions, Orange Cinéma Séries, Canal+, France Télévision, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Ile-de-France, Cinémage 5, Uni Étoile 8.  Screenplay by Mikael Buch, Christophe Honore.  Cinematography by Celine Bozon.  Produced by Philippe Martin, Geraldine Michelot, Juha Wuolijoki.  Music by Eric Neveux.  Production Design by…

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Code Unknown (2000)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Original title:  Code Inconnu: Recit Incomplet De Divers Voyages France/Germany/Romania, 2000.  Arte France Cinéma, Bavaria Film, Canal+, Filmex, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films Alain Sarde, MK2 Productions, Romanian Culture Ministry, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke.  Cinematography by Jurgen Jurges.  Produced by Marin Karmitz, Alain Sarde.  Music by Giba Gonçalves.  Production Design by Emmanuel de…

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The Chorus (2004)

CHRISTOPHE BARRATIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5. Original title:  Les Choristes France/Switzerland/Germany, 2004.  Vega Film, Banque Populaire Images 4, CP Medien AG, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Dan Valley Film AG, France 2 Cinéma, Galatée Films, Novo Arturo Films, Pathé Renn Productions, Procirep.  Screen story by Christophe Barratier, Screenplay by Christophe Barratier, Philippe Lopes-Curval, based on…

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Les Destinees (2000)

OLIVIER ASSAYAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Les Destinees Sentimentales France/Switzerland, 2000.  Arcade, Arena Films, CAB Productions, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Cofimage 11, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Procirep, TF1 Films Production, Télévision Suisse-Romande.  Screenplay by Olivier Assayas, Jacques Fieschi, based on the novel by Jacques Chardonne.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Bruno Pesery.  Production Design by Frederic…

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