Madame Hyde (Mrs. Hyde) (2017)

SERGE BOZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Belgium, 2017.  Les Films Pelléas, Arte France Cinéma, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Frakas Productions, Canal+, Ciné+, Arte France, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Haut et Court Distribution, Cinémage 11, Indéfilms 5, Soficinéma 13, Région Ile-de-France, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Casa Kafka Pictures, Casa Kafka Pictures…

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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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Eaux Profondes

BBBB (out of 5) Jean-Louis Trintignant is married to gorgeous young Isabelle Huppert, their passionless marriage held together by an unspoken agreement to let her play around with other men.  She has a tendency to do this directly in front of him, so when sublimating his masculine pride becomes too much, Trintignant turns murderous with little regret….

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Macadam Stories (Asphalte)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Samuel Benchetrit directs three stories from his first volume of  Les Chroniques de l’Asphalte, all set in a run-down suburban apartment building.  A loner confined to a wheelchair after an exercise-related accident goes on nightly excursions taking photographs, along the way meeting a sweet nurse (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) on her smoke breaks.  A has-been actress (Isabelle…

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Souvenir

BBB.5 (out of 5) A middle-aged woman working at a pate factory (Isabelle Huppert) has a routine life, catching the same bus every day after work and going home to the same quiet apartment, drinking before bed before getting up for the same assembly-line routine in the morning.  A bend appears in the road when a handsome young…

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Things To Come (L’Avenir)

BBBB (out of 5) The assumption is that the life of a philosophy professor is a dull one, a lot of reading and hypothetical arguments with students; the instructor at the heart of Mia Hansen-Love’s intelligent and affecting drama, played with delicate intelligence by a riveting Isabelle Huppert, has experiences that are anything but isolating or dull….

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Elle

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert gives one of her best performances in years in this stylish, provocative and exciting thriller by Paul Verhoeven.  She plays a wealthy video game designer who is brutally raped by a masked intruder and then insists on getting back to her normal, if stressful life:  she is not liked by her employees…

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Tip Top (2013)

SERGE BOZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Luxembourg/Belgium, 2013.  Les Films Pelléas, Iris Productions, Iris Films, Canal+, Cine+, Fonds National de Soutien à la Production Audiovisuelle du Luxembourg, Artemis Productions, Tax Shelter Film Funding, Soficinéma 8, Cinémage 7, Hérodiade.  Scenario, adaptation, dialogue by Axelle Ropert, Serge Bozon, with the collaboration of Odile Barski, from the novel by James…

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La Fausse Suivante

BB.5 (out of 5) Benoit Jacquot adapts Marivaux’s early eighteenth-century play to film but with its theatrical origins firmly on display. Performed in costume in an empty theatre, it stars Sandrine Kiberlain as a young woman who is promised to caddish Mathieu Amalric, who has already joined himself in a promise to a wealthy countess…

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The Judge And The Assassin (Le Juge Et L’Assassin)

  BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   A soldier is released from the army, his psychological scars unexamined, and takes a wife whom he shoots with a gun almost as quickly as he coerces her into wedlock. From there he wanders the countryside raping and murdering shepherds both male and female before finally being…

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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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Louder Than Bombs

BB (out of 5) A family is in shreds following the death of their matriarch (Isabelle Huppert), a photographer famous for her unflinching images of conflict zones who gave up war zones for suburbia and died in a car accident.  Her husband (Gabriel Byrne) is at a loss as to how to communicate with his angst-ridden…

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