Palais Royal (2005)

VALERIE LEMERCIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  France, 2005.  Gaumont, Rectangle Productions, Les Films du Dauphin, TF1 Films Production, Palais Productions Ltd., De L’Huile.  Screenplay by Brigitte Buc, Valerie Lemercier.  Cinematography by James Welland.  Produced by Edouard Weil.  Music by Bertrand Burgalat.  Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir.  Costume Design by Catherine Leterrier.  Film Editing by Luc Barnier.   Disappointingly anodyne comedy directed, co-written by and…

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The School Of Flesh (1998)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  L’Ecole De La Chair France/Luxembourg/Belgium, 1998.  Orsans Productions, V.M. Productions, La Sept Cinéma, Les Films du Camélia, Artémis Productions, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Samsa Film, Canal+, Studio Image 4, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Fonds National…

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Sade (2000)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France, 2000.  Alicéléo, Canal+, Cofimage 11, RIDICULOUS Pictures, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Jacques Fieschi, Bernard Minoret, based on the novel La Terreur dans le Boudoir by Serge Bramly.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Patrick Godeau.  Music by Valerie Lindon.  Production Design by Sylvaine Chauvelot.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Luc…

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Tosca (2001)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Italy/France/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  Euripide Productions, Integral Film, Veradia Film, France 3 Cinéma, Axiom Films, Seven Stars System, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Arte, Tele+, Canal+, Sofica France Télévision Images, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt.  Libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, from the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou.  Cinematography by Romain…

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Adolphe (2002)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France, 2002.  ARP Sélection, Canal+, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot, Fabrice Roger-Lacan, based on the novel by Benjamin Constant.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Laurent Petin, Michele Petin.  Production Design by Genevieve Dufour.  Costume Design by Catherine Bouchard.  Film Editing by Luc Barnier.   A nineteenth century widow and mother of two (Isabelle Adjani)…

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The Untouchable (2006)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  L’Intouchable France, 2006.  Sangsho, Arte France Cinéma, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot.  Cinematography by Caroline Champetier.  Produced by Christophe Bruncher.  Music by Vijay Jaiswal, Monu Rao.  Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Marion Monnier. After a lifetime of not knowing anything about her real father, a young French…

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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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Farewell, My Queen (2012)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  Les Adieux A La Reine France/Spain, 2012.  GMT Productions, Les Films du Lendemain, France 3 Cinéma, Morena Films, Canal+, Euro Media France, Ciné+, Invest Image, Région Ile-de-France, La Banque Postale Images 5, Soficinéma 7, Palatine Étoile 9, France Télévision, Angoa, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes…

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Adore (2013)

ANNE FONTAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/France, 2013.  Gaumont, Screen Australia, Ciné+, Hopscotch Features, Mon Voisin Productions, France 2 Cinéma, Screen NSW, France Télévisions, Canal+.  Story by Christopher Hampton, Anne Fontaine, Screenplay by Anne Fontaine, based on the story The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing.  Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne.  Produced by Philippe Carcassonne, Michel Feller, Barbara Gibbs, Andrew Mason.  Music by…

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My Worst Nightmare

ANNE FONTAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Mon Pire Couchemar France/Belgium, 2011.  Cine@, Maison de Cinema, F.B. Productions, Pathe, M6 Films, Entre Chien et Loup, Artemis Productions, Radio Television Belge Francophone, Belgacom, Canal+, Cine+, M6, Tax Shelter Film Funding, Casa Kafka Pictures, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter Empowered by dexia, CineCinema.  Screenplay by Anne Fontaine,…

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Coco Before Chanel (2009)

ANNE FONTAINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Coco Avant Chanel France, 2009.  Haut et Court, Ciné+, Warner Bros., France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France 2, Playtime, Cofinova 5, Banque Populaire Images 9, Scope Pictures, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Soficapital, SCOPE Invest.  Screenplay by Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine, based on the book by Edmonde…

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Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

SIJIE DAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5. Original title:  Xiao cai feng France/China, 2002.  Les Productions Internationales Le Film, StudioCanal, France 3 Cinema, Les Films de la Suane, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, Bac Films, Centre National De La Cinematographie, China Film, Forbidden City Studios, Philippe Rousselet.  Screenplay by Sijie Dai, Nadine Perront, based on the novel by Sijie…

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