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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The Soft Skin (La Peau Douce)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nationally famous, intellectual writer Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) meets lovely stewardess Nicole (Françoise Dorléac) on a lecture trip to Portugal and is immediately smitten. Their one-night stand at his Lisbon hotel continues into a full-blown affair when they’re back in Paris, a situation made difficult by the fact that Lachenay has…

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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 traditional American musical. Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac (Deneuve’s real-life sister) play music teachers in the beautiful town of Rochefort who are looking for…

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That Man From Rio (L’Homme De Rio)

BBBB (out of 5) Jean-Paul Belmondo is wonderful as a happy-go-lucky soldier who arrives at his girlfriend’s house during a 7-day leave and just manages to witness her being kidnapped. He follows her abductors to Brazil and rescues her, but before going back home they need to solve the mystery of stolen artifacts that were the…

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Cul-De-Sac

BBB (out of 5) Early effort by Roman Polanski perfectly illustrates his superior talent for creating rich atmosphere with very little apparent effort. Donald Pleasence and Francoise Dorleac are a hilariously mismatched couple who live in an old English castle (where Rob Roy once did his writing) and are interrupted by the appearance of an…

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