The Sea Wall (Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert shines in this counterpart film to Regis Wargnier’s Indochine, covering a similar epoch coming to a close for the French in southeast Asia. Huppert plays the sole matriarch of a family who has lost her husband and now runs a rice farm with her teenage son (Gaspard Ulliel) and dewy, … More The Sea Wall (Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique)

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Sarah’s Key (Elle S’Appelait Sarah)

BBBB (out of 5) In 2009 Paris, Kristin Scott Thomas checks out her husband’s family’s apartment with the plans of remodeling it and moving in with him and their teenage daughter. The apartment has been in the family since 1942, which the film flashes back to and reveals that the ownership was acquired after its original … More Sarah’s Key (Elle S’Appelait Sarah)

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Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)

BB (out of 5) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s adaptation of their graphic novel Persepolis was such an important and moving human record that they are forgiven any future missteps, including this doggedly awkward follow-up also based on their book.  Transferring their talents to live-action (where their previous venture was animated) it follows an uncomfortably … More Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)

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The Artist (2011)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Belgium, 2011.  Studio 37, La Petite Reine, La Classe Américaine, JD Prod, France 3 Cinema, Jouror Productions, uFilm, Canal+, CineCinema, France Télévision, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Federal de Belgique.  Screenplay by Michel Hazanavicius.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Thomas Langmann.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Laurence Bennett.  Costume Design by Mark Bridges.  Film Editing … More The Artist (2011)

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