The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001)

Huppert is masterful as the talented pianist teaching at a French Conservatory. She demonstrates one version of the most complicated¬†relationship between humans, that between mother and daughter. Huppert plays Erika, is presumably over the age of 40, beautiful, quite single, and as passionate, complex, dark and secretive as is the musician whose talent and genius … Continue reading The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001)

The Scapegoat (2012)

To experience a story by Daphne Du Maurier is to experience art. This film¬†portrays a twist of fate and twist of choice experienced by two individuals who meet by chance one evening. Their worlds are turned upside down, however the film begs us to understand that there is a purpose to everything. Moments, places and … Continue reading The Scapegoat (2012)

Elle (2016)

The Golden Globe award should have been awarded to Huppert years ago as this film, although a little more than shocking in its plot line, is tame in comparison to Isabelle's standard fare. She nevertheless is brilliant, as always, and dares us to explore the dichotomy of our conscious and subconscious as we explore our … Continue reading Elle (2016)

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Possibly the only film as sad as or perhaps more sad than Sophie's Choice (1982). Masterfully portrayed by Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams; beautifully shot, written, and directed. The somber classical musical choices (mainly the Albinoni Adagio) were a bit overused. Less would have rendered more there. One to watch again soon after the initial … Continue reading Manchester by the Sea (2016)