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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At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

JULIAN SCHNABEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Switzerland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Iconoclast, Riverstone Pictures, SPK Pictures.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Jon Kilik.  Music by Tatiana Lisovkaia.  Production Design by Stéphane Cressend.  Costume Design by Cecile Vatelot.  Film Editing by Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. It seems incredible after almost forty films have…

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Bread And Roses (2000)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany/Spain/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Parallax Pictures, Alta Films, Alta Produccion, ARTE, BIM Distribuzione, Bac Films, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, Cinart, Degeto Film, FilmFour, Filmcoopi Zürich, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, La Sept-Arte, , Road Movies Filmproduktion, Tornasol Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design…

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My Life As A Zucchini (My Life As A Courgette) (Ma Vie De Courgette) (2016)

CLAUDE BARRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Switzerland/France, 2016.  Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Animation, Gébéka Films, KNM, Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR Idee Suisse, Rhone-Alpes Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Hélium Films, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, Loterie Suisse Romande, Eurimages, Canal+, France Televisions, Cine+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Indie Sales Company, Indie Invest, Suissimage, Région Rhône-Alpes, Département…

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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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Zama (2017)

LUCRECIA MARTEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Argentina/Spain/France/Netherlands/USA/Brazil/Mexico/Portugal/Lebanon/Switzerland, 2017.  Bananeira Filmes, CNC, Canana, El Deseo, Institut Francais, Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, KNM, L’Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Lemming Film, Louverture Films, MPM Film, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Netherland Filmfund, O Som…

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Wasp (2015)

PHILIPPE AUDI-DOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Blue Shadows Films, Reel Chefs Catering.  United Kingdom/France/Switzerland/Lebanon, 2015.  Screenplay by Philippe Audi-Dor.  Cinematography by Pablo Rojo.  Produced by Philippe Audi-Dor, Merlin Merton.  Film Editing by Alexis Steele.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   Olivier and James are going on for a minibreak to Olivier’s summer home in the south of France and have brought along a…

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The Model Couple (Le Couple Temoin)

BBB (out of 5) The “Ministry of Future” selects a married couple to be examined up close for data collection purposes: their eating habits, the length of time they spend making love, and their various emotional states while going through daily rituals. André Dussollier and Anémone are overseen by a pushy director who isn’t above coming into…

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Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Orson Welles takes one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters and combines his appearances in five different plays into one smooth experience, finishing it off with narrative elements read by Ralph Richardson from the writings of Raphael Holinshed. Welles initially wrote it as a play that performed with little success, inspiring the great auteur…

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The Railway Man

BBB (out of 5) After meeting on a train, former nurse Nicole Kidman falls madly in love with train enthusiast and World War II veteran Colin Firth and feels no hesitation when he asks for her hand in marriage. After the nuptials, Firth’s behavior exhibits signs of past trauma that turns out to be the residual…

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Youth

BBBB (out of 5) Famous composer and conductor Michael Caine and filmmaker Harvey Keitel are old friends staying at a luxurious resort in Switzerland, Caine retired from conducting music and Keitel working on his latest film with his screenwriting team. Surrounding them are bodies old and young that spin them off into contemplations of their…

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The Search (1948)

BBBBB (out of 5) Montgomery Clift deservedly became a star and former documentary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann a director to be reckoned with thanks to the combination of their talents on this richly moving drama. The war has ended and the Allies (including an outstanding Aline MacMahon) are still in Europe helping to get displaced people to…

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