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)
Laurence Olivier, young bride, tennis matches, grandeur, magnificent house, creepy maid, secrets, Daphne Du Maurier, and Sir Hitchcock. "I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool."
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)
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)
Not a film with suboptimal talented black actors trying to pass as art in film. This is not a black movie, in fact. It is a well-directed film that happens to showcase black actors. Real actors. It is quiet and understated and that is the gem of this film that doesn't over feed the audience … Continue reading Moonlight (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)
Account of Neruda's years as Senator in Chile prior to going into exile. Beautiful soundtrack of 18th century nationalistic music. A great companion to Il Postino (1994) and its fictional account of Neruda in exile in Italy.
Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny and a strong fellow cast bring light to the AIDs epidemic in the 1990s as it infiltrates mainstream culture vis a vis a clan of irresponsibly maturing kids.
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Wilem Dafoe play a husband and wife who must face their worst nightmare. Lars von Trier explores the nature of their coupling and their turmoil as they leave the city for a wooded cabin to mourn their loss.