Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund,…

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My Life As A Zucchini (My Life As A Courgette) (Ma Vie De Courgette) (2016)

CLAUDE BARRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Switzerland/France, 2016.  Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films, KNM, Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR Idee Suisse, Rhone-Alpes Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Hélium Films, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Suisse Romande, Eurimages, Canal+, France Televisions, Cine+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Indie Sales Company, Indie Invest, Suissimage, Région Rhône-Alpes, Département…

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Happy End (2017)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Austria/Germany, 2017.  Les Films du Losange, X-Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film, Arte France Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE G.E.I.E, Arte France, France Televisions, Canal+,  Cine+, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Région Hauts-de-France, Filmforderungsanstalt, CNC/FFA Mini-Traite, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Eurimages.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Production Design…

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Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016)

CRISTIAN MUNGIU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Romania/France/Belgium, 2016.  Canal+, Cine+, Eurimages, France 3 Cinema, France Televisions, Groupama Romania, Les Films Du Fleuve, Mobra Films, Orange, Romanian Film Board, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Cristian Mungiu.  Cinematography by Tudor Vladimir Panduru.  Produced by Cristian Mungiu.  Production Design by Simona Paduretu.  Costume Design by Brandusa Ioan.  Film Editing by Mircea Olteanu.  Cannes Film…

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Triple Agent

BBB (out of 5) Eric Rohmer investigates the true story of a man trying to remain apolitical in highly political times.  Russian-born Fyodor lives in Paris with his Greek-born wife, retired from the Tsar’s army and now working for the Russian Military Union while, beyond their borders, Nazi power is brewing and the Spanish Civil…

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The Lobster (2015)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands/USA, 2015.  Film4, Irish Film Board, Eurimages, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Greek Film Center, British Film Institute, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Cine+, Element Pictures, Faliro House Productions, Haut et Court, Institut Francais, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Limp Films, Ministere des Affaires…

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Mustang

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Five girls are being raised by their uncle and grandmother in a small Turkish village, their parents’ absence not explained in detail. They are beautiful and self-confident, ranging from pre-teen to fully ripe teenager, which is a matter of concern for their conservative guardians when on the last day of school…

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Francofonia (Francophonia)

BBB (out of 5) Alexander Sokurov returns to the world of museum filmmaking that brought him such critical acclaim with Russian Ark in 2002.  This time he looks at the Louvre as the central symbol of French cultural contribution to the arts, much of it focusing on World War II and the compromises of the…

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Clouds of Sils Maria

BB.5 (out of 5) Successful movie star Juliette Binoche is on her way to an awards ceremony honouring the playwright who launched her career decades earlier, with cell-phone laden assistant Kristen Stewart perpetually behind her.  On the train ride to Zurich they learn that the event’s honouree, on whose behalf Binoche was planning to accept a prize,…

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Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu)

BBBBB (out of 5) The magnificent talent that Nuri Bilge Ceylan has for creating full-bodied characters in sumptuous worlds does not fail him with this personal epic, inspired by a number of short stories by Anton Chekhov.  A remote hotel that sees a low number of tourists visiting in the winter is the setting for…

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Ida

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A girl raised from infancy in a convent is preparing to take her vows in mid-sixties Poland when a woman shows up claiming to be a relative.  It turns out the visitor is her aunt Wanda, who reveals that the future Sister Anna is actually a Jewish girl named Ida, placed…

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Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

BBB (out of 5) Alan Ayckbourn’s play is given cinematic treatment by perennial experimenter Alain Resnais in this pleasant if not groundbreaking multi-character affair.  Love and loneliness in Paris is the age-old theme being touched upon by a disparate group of individuals who are all linked one way or the other:  real estate agent André…

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