Beau Pere (1981)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France, 1981.  Sara Films, France 2.   Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.   Produced by Alain Sarde.   Music by Philippe Sarde.   Production Design by Theobald Meurisse.    Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin. Never one to fear problematic…

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Mr. Nobody (2009)

JACO VAN DORMAEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. Belgium/Germany/Canada/France/USA/United Kingdom, 2009.  Pan Européenne, Virtual Films, Christal Films, Pathe, Integral Films, Lago Film, Toto & Co Films, SCOPE Invest, Groupe Un, Caviar Films, ARD Degeto Film, Belga Films, Canal+, Caviar, CineCinema, Climax Films, Deutscher Filmforderfonds, Fortis Film Fund, France 2, France 2 Cinema, France 3, France 3 Cinema,…

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Tempo (2003)

ERIC STYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada/France/Luxembourg/United Kingdom, 2003.  Chesler/Perlmutter Productions, France 2, Grosvenor Park Productions, Le Sabre, Samsa Film.  Screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson, Jeremy Lipp, Jennifer Salt.  Cinematography by Robert Fraisse.  Produced by Georges Campana, Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter.  Music by John McCarthy.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Bazerolle, Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Brigitte Nierhaus. Film Editing by Marvin Lawrene, Caroline…

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The Sea Wall (2008)

RITHY PANH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique France/Cambodia/Belgium, 2008.  Catherine Dussart Productions, Studio 37, France 2 Cinéma, Scope Pictures, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France 2, Bophana Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, La Banque postale Image, Films Distribution, Sofica Soficinéma 4, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, MEDIA Programme of…

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Camille Claudel (1988)

BRUNO NUYTTEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1988.  Les Films Christian Fechner, Lilith Films I.A., Gaumont, France 2, Films A2, DD Productions, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Sofica Créations, Sofimage, Soficas Investimages, Images Investissements, Soffia.  Scenario and dialogue by Bruno Nuytten, Marilyn Goldin, collaborator on dialogue Misa Terami,…

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Villa Amalia (2009)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. France/Switzerland, 2009.  Rectangle Productions, EuropaCorp, Point Prod, France 2 Cinéma, Télévision Suisse-Romande, France 2, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Sofica Europacorp, Cinémage 3, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Ile-de-France, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, La Commission du Film en Bretagne.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot, in collaboration with Julien Boivent, based on the novel by…

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Micmacs (2009)

JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Micmacs A Tire-Larigot France, 2009.  Epithète Films, Tapioca Films, Warner Bros., France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Orange Cinéma Séries, France 2, France 3, Région Ile-de-France.  Scenario by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant, dialogue by Guillaume Laurant.  Cinematography by Tetsuo Nagata.  Produced by Frederic Brillion, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Legrand.  Music by Raphael Beau.  Production…

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Plus Tard (2008)

AMOS GITAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Plus Tard Tu Comprendras Alternate title:  Later, One Day You’ll Understand France/Germany/Israel, 2008.  AGAV Films, France 2, Image et Compagnie, Norddeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Dan Franck, adaptation by Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme, based on the autobiography by Jerome Clement.  Cinematography by Caroline Champetier.  Produced by Nicole Collet, Amos Gitai, Serge Moati.  Music…

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Coco Before Chanel

ANNE FONTAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Coco Avant Chanel France, 2009.  Haut et Court, Ciné+, Warner Bros., France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France 2, Playtime, Cofinova 5, Banque Populaire Images 9, Scope Pictures, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Soficapital, SCOPE Invest.  Screenplay by Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, based on the book by Edmonde…

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Choice Of Arms (1981)

ALAIN CORNEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Le Choix Des Armes France, 1981.  France 2, Parafrance Films, Sara Films.  Screenplay by Alain Corneau, Michel Grisolia.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Alain Sarde.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Film Editing by Thierry Derocles. Stylish thriller about two convicts who escape from prison and kill…

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The Class

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Entre Les Murs François Bégaudeau stars as a fictional version of himself in this film adapted from his book, based on his own experiences as a teacher in the French public school system. He teaches a (subtly described) remedial class of sometimes hard-to-manage students who challenge, exasperate, enrage and fully…

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A Prophet

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Un Prophete Superb epic that presents a French prison as a microcosm for one man’s coming to power. Tahar Rahim arrives in the slammer after being arrested for his first adult crime after a lifetime spent in juvenile delinquency. Unsure of himself, illiterate and vulnerable, he is immediately taken in by…

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