Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Beach Rats (2017)

ELIZA HITTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2017.  Cinereach, Animal Kingdom, Secret Engine.  Screenplay by Eliza Hittman.  Cinematography by Helene Louvart.  Produced by Brad Becker-Parton, Andrew Goldman, Drew P. Hout, Paul Mezey.  Music by Nicholas Leone.  Production Design by Grace Yun.  Costume Design by Olga Mill.  Film Editing by Scott Cummings, Joe Murphy.  Gotham Awards 2017.  A sullen Coney Island teenager (Harris Dickinson) spends…

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The Wonders (Le Meraviglie)

BBBB (out of 5) A family of Tuscan honey producers live a life of routine and hard work, lorded over by their gruff father who relies most on his eldest daughter Gelsomina to keep things running smoothly.  A young teenager, she’s the eldest of four girls who take part in the family business, the rest…

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Vers Mathilde (Towards Mathilde) (2005)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France, 2005.  Celluloid Dreams.  Cinematography by Agnes Godard, Helene Louvart.  Produced by Pascal Caucheteux.  Music by P.J. Harvey.  Film Editing by Anne Souriau.   Claire Denis applies her hypnotic style to the documentary format and proves to be as innovative as she is when making narrative films. Here she follows provocative choreographer and performance artist…

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Where Is Madame Catherine? (Les Mans Buides)

BB (out of 5) When an aged woman suddenly dies while having a few kicks with her good friend (Olivier Gourmet), he decides to bury her without telling anyone and keeping her tin box of money for himself. He then ties a handkerchief around his head every night and prances about her house to convince…

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My Mother (Ma Mere)

BB.5 (out of 5) Les enfants sont terribles et ses parents sont pire! In this French version of Laurel Canyon, Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) plays an uptight, conservative son who comes to stay with his parents (Philippe Duclos, Isabelle Huppert) in the Canary Islands. After his father dies in an accident, he and his mother…

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Copacabana (2010)

BBBB (out of 5) Babou (Isabelle Huppert) has never allowed herself to be tied down by life; after having spent years moving from place to place without ever holding down a proper job, she finds herself living in Paris, broke, jobless and estranged from her daughter Esme (Lolita Chammah, Huppert’s real-life daughter) whose resentment for her…

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Pina

BBBBB (out of 5) Wim Wenders originally planned to film works from the career of the great experimental dance director Pina Bausch in collaboration with her two years earlier, but her tragic death from a rapidly progressive cancer took her away just days before shooting was to begin. Resurrecting the project some time later, Wenders…

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