Frontier of Dawn (La Frontiere de l’Aube) (2008)

PHILIPPE GARREL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  France, 2008.  Cofinova 4, Rectangle Productions, StudioUrania.  Screenplay by Philippe Garrel, Marc Cholodenko, Arlette Langmann.  Cinematography by William Lubtchansky.  Produced by Edouard Weil.  Music by Jean-Claude Vannier.  Production Design by Sophie Quiedeville.  Costume Design by Justine Pearce.  Film Editing by Yann Dedet.  Cannes Film Festival 2008.   Louis Garrel plays a photographer who does a session with a married … More Frontier of Dawn (La Frontiere de l’Aube) (2008)

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Daguerréotypes (1976)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  West Germany/France, 1976.  Ciné Tamaris, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, William Lubtchansky.  Film Editing by Andree Choty, Gordon Swire.   Filmmaker Agnes Varda was inspired by a storefront on the Rue Daguerre, where her studio is still located, whose window hadn’t changed its products … More Daguerréotypes (1976)

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Merry-Go-Round

BBBB (out of 5) Brooklyn native Joe Dallesandro shows up in France after getting a note from his estranged girlfriend to meet him at a particular time and place.  He doesn’t find her when he gets there, but instead runs into her sister (Maria Schneider) who has received the same invitation.  When they finally find their … More Merry-Go-Round

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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 … More Noroît

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Agent Trouble

BBBB (out of 5) A hitchhiker travelling through the snowy regions of northern France comes across a tour bus packed with tourists who all turn out to be dead. He comes back to Paris and tells his museum librarian aunt (Catherine Deneuve, hilarious in curly red wig and glasses) before being brutally murdered. Convinced his … More Agent Trouble

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