Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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Paterson

BBBB (out of 5) Adam Driver plays a New Jersey bus driver whose name matches his route, his days spent traveling the same roads again and again but his mind occupied with the poetry that he writes down in his notebook.  At night he goes home to his delightful, artistic girlfriend (Golshifteh Farahani) and then takes his…

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Flirt

BB.5 (out of 5) The same script is repeated three times in three different cities with different casts: New York, Tokyo and Berlin. Hal Hartley shows how different the interpretation is depending on the culture, and how similar we all are at the same time. Fascinating experiment, brought to life by great actors and some nifty,…

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