Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Widows (2018)

STEVE McQUEEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 2018.  Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, New Regency Pictures.  Screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, based on the miniseries by Lynda La Plante.  Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt.  Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman.  Music by Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Adam Stockhausen.  Costume Design by Jenny Eagan.  Film Editing by…

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Foxtrot (2017)

SAMUEL MAOZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017.  Bord Cadre Films.  Screenplay by Samuel Maoz.  Cinematography by Giora Bejach.  Produced by Marc Baschet, Viola Fugen, Cedomir Kolar, Eitan Mansuri, Michel Merkt, Michael Weber.  Music by Ophir Leibovitch, Amit Poznansky.  Production Design by Arad Sawat.  Costume Design by Hila Bargiel, Laura Sheim.  Film Editing by Arik Leibovitch, Guy Nemesh.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Samuel Maoz…

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Phoenix (2014)

BBBB (out of 5) Nina Hoss barely emerges alive from a concentration camp at the end of World War II, her face horrifically mutilated before she is taken to a clinic and given a new life thanks to reconstructive surgery.  Her friend Nina Kunzendorf, who is working on recovering evidence of war crimes, informs her that…

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The Wonders (Le Meraviglie)

BBBB (out of 5) A family of Tuscan honey producers live a life of routine and hard work, lorded over by their gruff father who relies most on his eldest daughter Gelsomina to keep things running smoothly.  A young teenager, she’s the eldest of four girls who take part in the family business, the rest…

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Into Great Silence (Die Grosse Stille)

BBB (out of 5) Probing, purely observant look into the world of monastic life. This gorgeously filmed but difficult to watch documentary goes into the world of the Grande Chartreuse, a reclusive monastery that has kept its traditions alive since the 12th century. We see the monks as they live in near-constant silence, working and…

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