Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France/Belgium, 2017.  Curiosa Films, FD Production, Ad Vitam Production, Versus Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, OCS, La Banque Postale Image 10, Arte/Cofinova 11, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Cinémage 10.  Screenplay by Christine Angot, Claire Denis, based on the book by Roland Barthes.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard.  Produced…

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Valley Of Love

BBB.5 (out of 5) A divorced couple meet in Death Valley after the recent suicide of their son, having been instructed to go there by letters delivered to them after his passing. The divorcees are both famous actors who have moved on with their lives, she (Isabelle Huppert) remarried with other children and he (Gerard…

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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Preparez vos Mouchoirs)

BBB (out of 5) Bertrand Blier once again examines the effect of male Peter Pan syndrome on frustrated female maturity in this toned-down version of his much more outrageous and, frankly, much more memorable Going Places. Gerard Depardieu is at his wit’s end dealing with his depressed wife (Carole Laure), who won’t smile or make love…

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership of the peasants who work his land, and the other Lancaster’s own illegitimate son with one of the farm labourers.  They are…

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Deux

BB.5 (out of 5) The manager of a famous composer (Gerard Depardieu) hires a real estate agent (Maruschka Detmers) to help him find a new house. After seeing a few homes together they realize an irresistible attraction between them that leads to doing more than just viewing the bedrooms she’s trying to sell. After cooling…

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Last Holiday

BBB (out of 5) Queen Latifah‘s charms can be blamed for the enjoyment here, for while this feelgood comedy by Wayne Wang has most of its cliches telegraphed to the audience by megaphone, the star’s constant classy and unsentimental attitude are well in its favour. She plays a timid department store employee who dreams of…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

BBB.5 (0ut of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film release after Titanic is this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. Aging musketeers Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne and John Malkovich come out of retirement to end the reign of a petty, selfish king (DiCaprio) and free his imprisoned twin brother (also DiCaprio) who is more suited to the…

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The Closet (Le Placard)

BBBB (out of 5) Francis Veber has the ability to make comedies whose feeling is light but whose after-effect runs much deeper, a skillful combination of essential social commentary and entertaining physical panache. In this winner, Daniel Auteuil plays a dull accountant who works for a rubber company and nurses a continuing heartache for his long-gone…

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Leave it to experimental filmmaker Alain Resnais to not only film an interview with behavioural scientist Henri Laborit but to create a narrative out of its principles. It concerns the lives of three individuals, two men and one woman, of varying backgrounds and ambitions. Gerard Depardieu plays a strictly Catholic-raised farmboy who…

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Camille Claudel

BBBB (out of 5) Like many female classical artists of yesteryear, Camille Claudel was a talented, gifted sculptor whose work has long been ignored or (mistakenly?) attributed to a male artist who worked near her. In Claudel’s case, it was the sculptor Rodin, who was a lifelong colleague, friend and sometimes lover who was an…

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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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Crime Spree

B (out of 5) Messy garbage directed and written by Brad Mirman, scribe of that classic Madonna thriller Body Of Evidence. Gerard Depardieu and pals are bumbling thieves who have screwed up their last heist, according to boss Richard Bohringer.  He gives them one last chance to prove themselves, sending them to the United States to…

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