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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Faithless (Trolösa) (2000)

LIV ULLMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Sweden/Italy/Germany/Finland/Norway, 2000.  Classic, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norsk Rikskringkasting, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Rai Cinema, SVT Drama, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Jörgen Persson.  Produced by Kaj Larsen, Johan Mardell.  Production Design by Göran Wassberg.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival…

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Bel Ami (2012)

DECLAN DONNELLAN, NICK ORMEROD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom/Italy, 2012.  Redwave Films, 19 Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Rai Cinema.  Screenplay by Rachel Bennette, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Stefano Falivene.  Produced by Ceri Hughes, Uberto Pasolini.  Music by Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Attila Kovacs.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Gavin Buckley,…

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Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

GIANFRANCO ROSI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Italy/France, 2016.  Stemal Entertainment, 21 Unofilm, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Rai Cinema, Les Films d’Ici, Arte France Cinema, Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali.  Screenplay by Gianfranco Rosi, from an idea by Carla Cattani.  Cinematography by Gianfranco Rosi.  Produced by Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Camille Laemle, Serge Lalou, Donatella Palermo,…

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Tale Of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)

BB.5 (out of 5) Matteo Garrone turns away from the harsh contemporary realities of his recent films and applies his dark style to an adaptation of three fairy tales by seventeenth century storyteller Giambattista Basile. Salma Hayek is a queen who will do anything to have a child and must deal with the consequences of her determination, two aged sisters…

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Around A Small Mountain (36 vues du Pic Saint Loup)

BB (out of 5) Sergio Castellitto drives by Jane Birkin‘s stalled car and helps her get back on the road, following her to a small village where the circus that she performs with is doing shows to meager audiences and poor business.  He befriends members of the troupe and uncovers old family secrets, learning that Birkin has only…

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My Mother (Mia Madre)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Nanni Moretti combines humour with sentiment in this semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker (Margherita Buy, filling in for Moretti himself) who is trying to make a politically-minded film with an exasperating Italian-American movie star (John Turturro) while dealing with her mother’s decline in health.  Filming all day and visiting her former Latin…

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Leopardi (Il Giovane Favoloso)

BB (out of 5) One of Italy’s most celebrated poets is given a bloated biopic in this dull film, describing but barely exploring the life of Giacomo Leopardi.  He was raised the eldest son of early nineteenth-century aristocrats whose overly protective father and wrought-iron mother kept him and his siblings confined to their home for…

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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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Bread And Tulips (Pane E Tulipani)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Lovely Italian film about a bored housewife who rediscovers herself by accident. After being mistakenly abandoned at a rest stop while on vacation with her family, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) takes advantage of the opportunity to not be taken for granted by her husband and two sons for a few days and…

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Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)

BBBBB (out of 5) Daniele Luchetti recreates the superb energy of My Brother Is An Only Child with another film that hints at his own biography, about a struggling sculptor (Kim Rossi Stuart) who fights against life both in the studio and at home with his devoted wife (Micaela Ramazzotti).  Stuart can’t stand how much…

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Secret Ballot (Raye Makhfi)

BBBB (out of 5) Slyly humorous film about a female elections agent in Iran who is assigned to collect votes on a remote island. Her gender is against her from the start, but even conquering that hurdle isn’t the last of her difficulties as she tries to get an overworked, underpaid population to care about…

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