Noroît

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jacques Rivette’s companion piece to Duelle is as visual splendid though not as invigorating.  Loosely inspired by (and including pieces of) The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, it stars Geraldine Chaplin as a woman who plans to get revenge on a witch (Bernadette Lafont) who killed her brother.  Lafont is the leader of a gang of…

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Duelle (Une Quarantaine)

BBBB (out of 5) A mysterious beauty (Juliet Berto) shows up in a small hotel lobby late at night and asks the woman behind the desk to help her track down a man she is looking for.  Getting involved, the desk clerk (Hermine Karagheuz) eventually witnesses a couple of murders and crosses paths with another mysterious…

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First Name: Carmen

BBB (out of 5) One of the most popular and accessible of Jean-Luc Godard’s films made in the eighties, which won the Golden Lion at Venice. Maruschka Detmers plays a member of a political terrorist organization who begins an affair with a police officer. Their conversations and lovemaking are the framework for Godard’s ruminations on sex…

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