Nocturne Indien (1989)

ALAIN CORNEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 1989.  AFC, Sara Films, Ciné Cinq, Christian Bourgois Productions, Sofinergie 1, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Adaptation and dialogue by Alain Corneau, Louis Gardel, based on the novel by Antonio Tabucchi.  Cinematography by Yves Angelo.  Produced by Maurice Bernart.  Production Design by Partho Sen-Gupta.  Costume Design by Chandrakant Waradkar.  Film Editing by Thierry Derocles.  Toronto International Film…

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Elective Affinities (1996)

PAOLO TAVIANI, VITTORIO TAVIANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  La Affinita Elettive Italy/France, 1996.  Filmtre, Gierre Film, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Florida Movies, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+.  Screenplay by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, based on the novel Die Wahlverwandtschaften by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Lanci. Produced by Jean-Claude Cecile, Grazia Volpi.  Music by Carlo Crivelli.  Production Design by Gianni Sbarra.  Costume…

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Shake Hands With The Devil (2007)

ROGER SPOTTISWOODE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 2007.  Barna-Alper Productions, Halifax Film Company, Seville Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Donovan, based on the book by Romeo Dallaire.  Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak.  Produced by Laszlo Barna, Michael Donovan.  Music by David Hirschfelder.  Production Design by Lindsey Hermer-Bell.  Costume Design by Joyce Schure.  Film Editing by Michel Arcand.   United Nations Lt. General Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) sits in…

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Villa Amalia (2009)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5. France/Switzerland, 2009.  Rectangle Productions, EuropaCorp, Point Prod, France 2 Cinéma, Télévision Suisse-Romande, France 2, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Sofica Europacorp, Cinémage 3, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Ile-de-France, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, La Commission du Film en Bretagne.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot, in collaboration with Julien Boivent, based on the novel by…

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Dangerous Moves (1984)

RICHARD DEMBO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  La Diagonale Du Fou France/Switzerland, 1984.  La Cécilia, Michael Arthur Films, Ministère de la Culture.  Screenplay by Richard Dembo.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Arthur Cohn, Martine Marignac.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Ivan Maussion.  Costume Design by Pierre Albert.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.   Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of…

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Queen Margot (1994)

PATRICE CHEREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  La Reine Margot France/Italy/Germany, 1994.  Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma, D.A. Films, N.E.F. Filmproduktion und Vertriebs, Degeto Film, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, WMG Film, RCS Films & TV, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Miramax, Eurimages.  Screenplay by Daniele Thompson, Patrice Chereau, dialogue by Daniele…

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L’Homme Blesse (1983)

PATRICE CHEREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB Alternate title:  The Wounded Man France, 1983.  Gaumont, AJO Distribution, Partner’s Productions, Renn Productions, Oliane Productions, Azor Films, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Herve Guibert, Patrice Chereau.  Cinematography by Renato Berta.  Produced by Claude Berri, Marie-Laure Reyre, Ariel Zeitoun.  Music by Fiorenzo Carpi.  Production Design by Richard Peduzzi.  Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise.  Film Editing…

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Taking Lives (2004)

D.J. CARUSO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Australia/Canada, 2004.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures.  Screen story and Screenplay by Jon Bokenkamp, based on the novel by Michael Pye.  Cinematography by Amir Mokri.  Produced by Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann.  Music by Philip Glass.  Production Design by Tom Southwell.  Costume Design by Marie-Sylvie Deveau.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Fresh and full of fun surprises,…

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La Femme Nikita (1990)

LUC BESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Nikita France/Italy, 1990.  Gaumont, Les Films du Loup, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Luc Besson.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Patrice Ledoux.  Music by Eric Serra.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Anne Angelini, Valentin Breton Des Loys, Mimi Lempicka.  Film Editing by Olivier Mauffroy.   Anne Parillaud plays a…

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Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)

CLAUDE SAUTET Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBBB.  France/Italy/Germany, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Les Films Alain Sarde, Prokino Filmproduktion, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Claude Sautet, Jacques Fieschi, Yves Ulmann.  Cinematography by Jean-Francois Robin.  Produced by Alain Sarde.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Catherine Bouchard.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Thiedot.   Claude Sautet’s brilliant drama is…

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Killing Zoe (1993)

ROGER AVARY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/USA, 1993.  Davis-Films, Live Entertainment, PFG Entertainment.  Screenplay by Roger Avary.  Cinematography by Tom Richmond.  Produced by Samuel Hadida.  Music by tomandandy.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan.  Film Editing by Kathryn Himoff.   Eric Stoltz shows up in Paris to help his friend (Jean-Hugues Anglade) pull off a bank robbery.  He spends…

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