Xavier Giannoli’s film is hilarious and always moving with vivid colors and rapid-fire narration that in another movie might feel heavy-handed but here is a guiding force that gives a fascinating quasi-history lesson.
Sébastien Betbeder’s zippy second feature is playing this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Thoughts on the French director’s second feature, playing in this year’s Chicago International Film Festival
The French director turned science fiction on its head, creating a haunting film in the process
The most intellectually heroic of Jean-Luc Godard’s early features (1966) was inspired by his reading an article about suburban housewives day-tripping into Paris to turn tricks for spending money. Marina Vlady plays one such woman, followed over a single day in a slender narrative with many documentary and documentarylike digressions. But the central figure is […]
Abourgeois factory owner is found lying in bed with a knife in his back, and the finger of guilt passes from one occupant of his richly appointed home to another: his coolly fashionable wife (Catherine Deneuve), his beautiful and willful daughters (Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier), his morally loose sister (Fanny Ardant), his miserly mother-in-law […]
As demonstrated by My Favorite Season, Wild Reeds, and above all Thieves, Andre Techine has become the most accomplished novelistic filmmaker in contemporary French cinema. This feature may not be on the same level as those films, but it has much the same tragic and melodramatic view of family, desire, and destiny. The talented (and […]