Tag Archive: Isabelle Huppert

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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Tip Top

B (out of 5) After a police informant in a small French town is found murdered, two oddball investigators from Internal Affairs (Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain) are sent to investigate. They believe that… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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

BBBB (out of 5) 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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Paris Follies (La Ritournelle)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert is delightful in this romantic comedy about love lost and found again.  She and husband Jean-Pierre Darroussin own a dairy farm whose daily routine has overtaken his attention and… Continue reading

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Captive

B (out of 5) Reportedly based on a true story, this feckless drama has Filipino Muslim terrorists capture tourists and social workers and hold them hostage beginning in the months leading up to… Continue reading

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The Bronte Sisters (Les Soeurs Bronte)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) An exquisite period piece whose every shot looks like a darkly beautiful period painting, and whose performances highlight an intelligent script and studied, intense pace.  The passions of three… Continue reading

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La Separation

BB.5 (out of 5) Daniel Auteuil is maddened by wife Isabelle Huppert‘s refusal to be intimate with him after so many years of marriage, and so pushes her to tell him why. When she… Continue reading

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The Nun (La Religieuse) (2013)

BBB (out of 5) No-frills adaptation of Diderot’s novel that is respectable and intelligent, but not nearly as passionate or exciting as Jacques Rivette’s 1966 version.  Pauline Etienne is sturdy but unsympathetic as… Continue reading

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Elective Affinities (La Affinita Elettive)

BB.5 (out of 5) Unable to get funding from Italian movie studios, the Taviani brothers sought support from French production companies for this adaptation of Goethe’s novel and were thus obliged to cast… Continue reading

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Lines Of Wellington

BBB (out of 5) Raoul Ruiz was in pre-production of this epic examination of Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1810 when he passed away at the age of 70, prompting producers to hire… Continue reading

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Comedy Of Innocence (Comedie de l’Innocence)

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating drama that takes on metaphysical proportions as young Camille celebrates his ninth birthday and then announces to his bourgeois mother (Isabelle Huppert) that he is not her son… Continue reading

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The Sea Wall (Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert shines in this counterpart film to Regis Wargnier’s Indochine, covering a similar epoch coming to a close for the French in southeast Asia. Huppert plays the sole matriarch… Continue reading

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8 Women (8 Femmes)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Take a Hercule Poirot mystery, cast France’s eight most beautiful and talented women, throw in a selection of popular French tunes from the fifties and sixties, and photograph it… Continue reading

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Home (2008)

BBBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet head a family of five who live in a small house beside an unfinished, abandoned highway. Their life proceeds in an orderly, small-town fashion until one… Continue reading

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Saint-Cyr (The King’s Daughters)

BBB (out of 5) Louis XIV’s unofficial wife Madame de Maintenon (Isabelle Huppert) decides to head up a school for impoverished girls of noble birth that will offer a liberal education and create… Continue reading

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La Truite

BBB (out of 5) Sometimes enjoyable but mostly obscure melodrama made in France by celebrated British filmmaker Joseph Losey.  Isabelle Huppert is terrific as a married woman who decides on the spur of the… Continue reading

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Les Soeurs Fachees (Me And My Sister)

BBBB (out of 5) Friendly, vivacious Louise (Catherine Frot) visits Paris from the countryside to meet with a publisher interested in putting her first novel in print. She also takes the opportunity to… Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

BBB.5 (out of 5) This two-part film, originally slated to be released as two separate features, revolves around one occurrence, the dissolution of a relationship between a man and a woman following the… Continue reading

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Special Treatment (Sans Queue Ni Tete)

BB.5 (out of 5) A psychiatrist splits up with his wife and finds himself unable to cope with life, asking a friend to hook him up with a classy prostitute that he has… Continue reading

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Private Property (Nue Propriete)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) This excellent drama examines the nature of human obsession over ownership and property at the expense of relationships, and is riveting from start to finish thanks to superb direction… Continue reading

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Abuse Of Weakness (Abus De Faiblesse)

BB.5 (out of 5) Catherine Breillat taps into her own experience with the severe stroke she had a number of years back which nearly ended her film career.  Isabelle Huppert appears as Breillat’s alter ego,… Continue reading

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The School Of Flesh (L’Ecole De La Chair)

BBBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert is fascinating in this character study by Benoit Jacquot. She plays a successful business woman who takes a bisexual hustler (Vincent Martinez) home one night and is unable… Continue reading

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Keep It Quiet (Pas De Scandale)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Richly textured film about a family trying to put itself back together when one of its members, the successful Gregoire, returns from jail after four months. Returning to his… Continue reading

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Villa Amalia

BB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert plays a concert pianist who witnesses her live-in boyfriend kissing another woman. At the same time she runs into an old friend (Jean-Hugues Anglade) from her youth with… Continue reading

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My Little Princess

BBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert so very often makes you regret complaining about your mom. This oddly eccentric drama is a perfect showcase for her talents as a Romanian photographer in 1970s Paris… Continue reading

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Sincerely Charlotte (Signe Charlotte)

BB.5 (out of 5) Happily settled into a new relationship, Niels Arestrup is thrown for a loop when his wild ex-girlfriend (Isabelle Huppert) shows up for a reunion. She tells him that her lover… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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In Another Country (Da-reun Na-ra-e-seo)

BBBB (out of 5) Hong Sang-Soo inverts his Night And Day by putting a French character in a Korean setting in this minor, whimsical delight. A young woman decides to deal with a… Continue reading

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Dead Man Down

BB.5 (out of 5) Colin Farrell is a hit man for a mob boss (Terrence Howard) who strikes up a friendship with the beautician (Noomi Rapace) whose balcony is visible from his window.  She… Continue reading

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Amateur

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A confused amnesiac (Martin Donovan) befriends a nymphomanic ex-nun (Isabelle Huppert) who now writes pornography (though not well enough for her editor). A friend of Huppert’s (Elina Löwensohn), herself a… Continue reading

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The Bedroom Window

BBB (out of 5) Steve Guttenberg takes his boss’s wife (Isabelle Huppert) home after a work function and they spend the night together. Late into the evening he goes to the bathroom and she… Continue reading

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The Lacemaker (La Dentelliere)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert had her first lead role with this powerful drama, and she displays the phenomenal sensitivity that would mark her career in the years to come. She plays a… Continue reading

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Two (Deux)

BBBB (out of 5) Werner Schroeter dedicates this madness to Isabelle Huppert explicitly in the credits, and it is easy to see why: his elliptical narrative, outrageous visuals and the fact that Huppert… Continue reading

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Malina

BBB (out of 5) Unapologetically weird film by Werner Schroeter, who once described his films as never having any low moments. This couldn’t be more true than of Malina, a zany mindfuck that… Continue reading

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Slow Motion (Every Man For Himself) (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie)

BBB (out of 5) Jean-Luc Godard called this his “second” first film, as it marks the latter half of his career when his style became even more introverted and incomprehensible than before. That… Continue reading

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Passion (1982)

BB (out of 5) Go ahead and listen to the critics who rave about this self-indulgent drivel by Jean-Luc Godard, for I suspect that they didn’t understand it either. Isabelle Huppert is adorable… Continue reading

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Clean Slate (Coup De Torchon)

BBBB (out of 5) Stunning on both the visual and narrative front, this is Bertrand Tavernier’s French adaptation of the American pulp novel Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson (The Grifters). Philippe Noiret is… Continue reading

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Love After Love (Apres L’Amour)

BBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert plays a novelist suffering from writers block for her latest project, and it is likely due to her personal situation: she is keeping up two full-fledged relationships… Continue reading

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Entre Nous (Coup De Foudre)

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the very best films to come out of France in the eighties, and a masterpiece for director Diane Kurys. Just after the second World War, two women… Continue reading

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My Worst Nightmare (Mon Pire Couchemar)

BBBB (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert dips into her repertoire and pulls out one of her best characters, the uptight bourgeoise, for this fun romantic comedy by Anne Fontaine. After attending a school… Continue reading

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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,… Continue reading

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The Story Of Piera (Storia Di Piera)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert plays Piera, a young woman who grows up under the parentage of two extremely original overseers: both her mother (Hanna Schygulla) and father (Marcello Mastroianni) have incestuous… Continue reading

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