Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund,…

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Grace Of Monaco (Princess Grace)

BB.5 (out of 5) The film’s opening disclaimer of being a fictional story based on factual events should mean that we get a similar experience to The Queen, a film that uses a real personality (in this case, movie star turned princess Grace Kelly) to investigate a broader theme. Sadly, this is not an intelligent…

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Comedy Of Innocence (Comedie de l’Innocence) (2000)

RAOUL RUIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 2000.  Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Les Films du Camélia, MACT Productions, Procirep, TF1 International.  Screenplay by Francois Dumas, Raoul Ruiz, based on the novel by Massimo Bontempelli.  Cinematography by Jacques Bouquin.  Produced by Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre.  Music by Jorge Arriagada.  Production Design by Bruno Beauge.  Costume Design by Nathalie Raoul.  Film Editing by Mireille…

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Sade

BBB.5 (out of 5) Daniel Auteuil makes an excellent Marquis de Sade (even better than Geoffrey Rush in Quills) in this intelligent film by one of France’s very best directors, Benoit Jacquot (The School of Flesh, Pas De Scandale). Unlike the aforementioned Philip Kaufman picture, which examined the issue of censorship by using Sade and his…

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The Duchess Of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)

BBBB (out of 5) Another foray into the world of the magnificent Jacques Rivette, this time adapting the work of Honore de Balzac to his own style. Jeanne Balibar plays the duchess who abandons her respectable upper-class life and marriage when she finds irresistible passion with a soldier (Guillaume Depardieu) who has gone out of his…

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Va Savoir

BBBB (out of 5) Jacques Rivette’s films are so subtle as to be practically undetectable, but if you allow them to suck you in with their realistic acting and natural pacing, you’ll reap their many rewards. Less daring viewers, however, will be appalled at his idea of what constitutes a romantic comedy in this beautifully…

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