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Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store (combining rentals and purchases). "Blackfish" once again tops the indies chart this week and also ranks #1 among documentaries and #13 among movies overall in the iTunes store. New titles making the indie list this week include Claude Miller's "Therese," starring Audrey Tatou, and docs "Bridegroom" and "More Than Honey." The comedy "Coffee Town" rose in the ranks because it's on sale to rent for 99 cents in the iTunes store. Thee top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Blackfish (Magnolia, $2,073,582) 2. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,502,690) 3. Parkland (Exclusive Media, $653,651) 4. Bridegroom (Virgil Films, N/A) 5. Therese (Mpi Media Group, $101,944) 6. Coffee Town (Film Buff, N/A) 7. More Than Honey (Kino Lorber, $76,005) 8. Stuck in Love (Millenium »
- Paula Bernstein
Now that the dust has settled and the behemoth Tiff is in our rear-view mirror, the Ioncinema.com team are comparing notes, grading films and looking back at our personal experiences, our rapport with the films we saw and the characters that vividly remain with us. Among our favorite fest recaps, our discerning fivesome (Eric Lavallee, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell, Leora Heilbronn, Caitlin Coder) have created a Top 20 List of New Faces from the 2013 of up-and-coming actors and actresses (of all age demos) that stole some thunder in lead or supporting player roles. Here they are:
Unlike the characters of Emily and Tasha in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky, Zoe Levin‘s future is a a bright one. Respectively playing a teens suffering from suburban and country-setting ennui, in Palo Alto »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
★★★☆☆ Audrey Tautou has never quite cast off the elfin shadow of her breakout role in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie (2001). Over the past decade, she's taken on her fair share of more austere roles, and few have seen her turn a performance as restrained as in Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) - out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The second adaptation of one of Françoise Mauriac's most famous novels, the period drama was brought to the screen as the swansong of French director Claude Miller. As a whole, the film resembles its protagonist: a cool, staid veneer and languorous way of life giving way to surprisingly effective tension.
Thérèse (Tautou) is the free-spirited daughter of a wealthy landowner that spends hazy summers in the South of France staying with a doting aunt. She frolics her days away with best-friend, Anne (Anaïs Demoustier), and several years later she finds herself preparing for an arranged marriage to Anne's cloddish brother, »
- CineVue UK
“My head's too full of ideas, that's what scares me,” sighs Audrey Tautou's enigmatic free-spirit, Therese, who is on the brink of marrying a pompous landowner, Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), in pre-war France. When Therese's best pal and Bernard's sister, Anna (Anaïs Demoustie), has a scandalous affair with a dashing young Jewish man, the title's “heroine” fails to adequately support her. Claude Miller's last film (the veteran director died in 2011) is a solemn but pretty look at propriety, “terrible duty” and frustration in the 1920s. »
French director Claude Miller's final ever film, Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) is anchored by a performance of great subtlety and depth by Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as the titular character, whilst she's also ably matched by Gilles Lellouche as her husband. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Thérèse Desqueyroux this coming Monday (9 September), we've been given Three DVD copies of Miller's period drama to give away to our well-read supporters, courtesy of the team at world cinema specialists Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
In the French region of Landes, not far from the city of Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land and unite neighbouring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque (Tautou) becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. However, her avant‐garde ideas quickly clash with local conventions. »
- CineVue UK
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems
Set in a world of scantily clad demon hunters, bisexual warlocks, and a host of vampires and werewolves apparently on loan from “The Twilight Saga,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness. Even by the genre’s lax standards of plausibility, not a whole lot coheres in this first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling urban-fantasy series, a muddled mash-up of Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Joss Whedon with a little “Men in Black” thrown in for good measure. While its tattooed torsos, fantastical f/x and precociously kinky undertones suggest a focus group’s notion of what teenagers want from their entertainment, this Canadian-German »
- Variety Staff
While most in America still know Audrey Tautou as "Amélie," in France, the actress has carved out a robust career by playing wildly varied characters in films that couldn't be further removed from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Parisian fantasy, in hits like "Priceless" and "Coco Before Chanel." In her most recent role in the late Claude Miller's final film "Thérèse," based on the classic 1927 novel by François Mauriac, Tautou proves her formidable range by embodying the titular heroine, a woman stuck in a loveless marriage and dull provincial life after wedding for convenience. With the female oppression of the period and her arrogant husband weighing her down, Thérèse makes a reckless decision that could potentially threaten her social standing for life. Indiewire sat down with Tautou in New York to discuss her turn in the drama which opens today, working with the late director, and her career post "Amélie." Watching this, »
- Nigel M Smith
Most people who know the work of French actress Audrey Tautou first fell in love with her when she starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie back in 2001. After that movie, Tautou seemed to be in dozens of French imports, but in recent years she's been more selective, playing more mature roles like Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel and starring in fims such as Delicacy and Beautiful Lies that haven't gotten nearly as much attention in the States. Her most recent film and probably most complex role is in Thérèse , based on the 1927 novel "Therese Desqueyroux" by François Mauriac and the final film by Claude Miller, who had been directing French films since the early .70s but who tragically passed away before the film's Cannes Film Festival premiere in 2012. Her »
The final feature from the recently passed French director Claude Miller (A Secret, Alias Betty) is a blandly handsome adaptation of François Mauriac's bitter 1927 novel Thérèse Desqueyroux—previously filmed 50 years ago, with Amour's Emmanuelle Riva in the title role. Here, it's Audrey Tautou, sullenly shaking off her pixie-cute Amélie whimsy and climbing into the bell jar as a dispassionate Jazz Age aristocrat suffocated by her fiscally beneficial marriage to narrow-minded, provincial landowner Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), brother of her best friend, Anne (Anaïs Demoustier). Unenergetically paced and too tasteful by half, the film tries to get into the troubled yet enlightened headspace of pouty, chain-smoking T »
"Therese Desqueyroux," the closing night selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, is not the nuanced period drama it should be but is rather more like a banal, pseudo-thoughtful and monotonous episode of "Masterpiece Theater." Co-adapted by director Claude Miller ("A Secret," "Class Trip"), the latest adaptation of Francois Mauriac's acclaimed novel reduces the titular heroine's story to a troubled individual's struggle to retain her autonomy as a member of her oppressive husband’s family. The phrase, "For the family" is bludgeoned into viewers' heads to the point where it's very easy to ignore the fact that Therese (Audrey Tautou) is anything more than just a proto-desperate housewife. In fact, she's a fatalist because she's also an atheist, a complex concept that Miller sets up but doesn't follow through on. Ultimately Miller's Therese rebels against her boorish husband Bernard (Gilles Lellouche) and his insensitive family simply because she needs to do. »
- Simon Abrams
In most of the world, only dedicated cinephiles noted the passing of French actress Bernadette Lafont, but in France, citizens nation-wide are still mourning the loss of one of the country's great cinematic icons. Lafont passed away from a heart problem last Thursday at the age of 74. The actress' filmography, which covers well-over 100 films, reads like a who's who list of the most important French directors of the last fifty years. She made her debut in François Truffaut's first short film, The Mischief Makers, in 1957 and went onto work with directors including Costa Garvas, Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Claude Miller and Julie Delpy. And so, in honor of Lafont's work, let's take a look at seven of her standout...
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French actress Bernadette Lafont, the face of France's New Wave cinema in the 1950s and the star of some 120 films, died Thursday aged 74. Lafont debuted in Francois Truffaut's 1957 "Les Mistons," worked with other famed French directors including Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, Nelly Kaplan and Jean Eustache during a career that spanned more than 50 years. The brunette beauty took the Cesar Award for her role in Claude Miller's 1985 film "L'Effrontee" and received an Honorary Cesar in 2003. Lafont continued to work until recently, including with an appearance in Julie Delpy's 2011 film "Le Skylab." She had been hospitalized in her home town of Nimes on Monday after falling ill and died early Thursday, the hospital »
- April Neale
Actor with a natural and rebellious style, she helped to launch the French New Wave
Bernadette Lafont, who has died aged 74, could have claimed to be the first female star of the Nouvelle Vague. François Truffaut chose the sensual, dark-haired, 18-year-old Lafont and her new husband, Gérard Blain, to play lovers in the director's first professional film, Les Mistons (The Mischief-Makers, 1957). In this charming short, shot in Nîmes one summer, a group of pubescent boys spy on Lafont and Blain's lovemaking in the fields. Blain and Lafont were also picked to appear in arguably the first French New Wave feature, Claude Chabrol's Le Beau Serge (1958). In this film, about a young man returning to his childhood home, Lafont played the "village vamp".
Lafont's fresh look and performance style crystallised the movement's ideological and cinematic ambitions. Truffaut and his colleagues found mainstream stars inadequate to their needs, using instead unknown and non-professional actors, »
- Ronald Bergan
The trailer is in for the Audrey Tautou drama "Thérèse" (not to be confused with the Elizabeth Olsen-fronted period piece of the same name). The film is the late director Claude Miller's last. The French drama is based on the 1927 novel by François Mauriac about a woman cut from the same cloth as Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, stifled by her loveless marriage and dull provincial life. Thérèse married for convenience, hoping she could feign contentment, but the weight of female repression and social customs coupled with the arrogance of her husband eventually drives her to grab a chance at love where she can find it, even if it means taking reckless action. You can check out Indiewire's exclusive look at the poster here. Watch the trailer below. »
- Madeline Raynor
Watch the trailer for Therese, also known as Thérèse Desqueyroux, starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier. Claude Miller directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Natalie Carter, based on the novel by François Mauriac. Mpi Media distributes the French drama which opens in select theaters from August 23rd, 2013. François Mauriac's legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area »
What happened to our sweet Amelie? Audrey Tautou, who can usually be relied upon to look adorkable, proceeding to melt you into a puddle with little more than a coy look and a smile, puts away the pixie charm in "Therese" and gets ready to kill. Really. The first trailer for the French film is here, and it promises stuffy period settings and melodramatic stakes. The final film from Claude Miller ("La classe de neige," "Little Lili") is based on the novel by François Mauriac, which tells the tale of a young, intelligent woman in 1920s France who falls into a loveless, abusive marriage of convenience and seeks a way out by poisoning her husband. And that's where the intrigue lies, though when we saw it at Cannes last year, we weren't too thrilled, calling it a movie that "starts out very strong but ends as meekly as its protagonist’s story does. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sneak Peek footage from late director Claude Miller's last film, the French drama "Thérèse", adapting author François Mauriac's 1927 novel of the same name, starring Audrey Tautou and Gilles Lellouche:
"...in France, late 1920, Thérèse (Tautou) marries her charming and free spirited neighbor 'Bernard Desqueyroux' (Lellouche), joining their properties to form a vast estate.
"Thérèse becomes quickly stifled by the tedium of provincial life and the intellectual mediocrity of her husband, dreaming of Paris, longing for stimulation and culture, and despite herself, starts looking for a way to escape. Until the day Bernard almost poisons himself with arsenic..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Thérèse"...
- Michael Stevens
A gorgeous new poster for late director Claude Miller's final film "Therese" -- formerly known as "Therese Desqueyroux" when it debuted at Cannes in 2012 -- has been unveiled. Based on the classic novel by Francois Mauriac, this exquisite adaptation stars French darling Audrey Tautou as a provincial 1920s housewife who elects, a la Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina, to flee her suffocating life and marriage, with tragic consequences. Reviews since the film competed for the Palme d'Or have been generally favorable. Philip French of The Observer calls it "a handsome, solidly acted period movie about deliberately dislikable people" and "the swansong of a director who was a longtime assistant to Truffaut" though Time Out says it's "a tad on the stiff side." "Therese" hits select stateside theaters August 23rd. Check out the new poster, and a trailer, below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 1920s are still in vogue, thanks to the latest film set in the ’20s, “Thérèse.” The film, starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier and directed by Claude Mille, tells the story about a housewife who wants to a life filled with the love and fun she feels she’s missing. Here’s more about the film: “Audrey Tautou stars as a provincial housewife in 1920s France, whose suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom, in the late director Claude Miller’s exquisite adaptation of the classic novel by François Mauriac. François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to [ Read More ]
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Audrey Tautou is an unhappily married woman who struggles to break free from social pressures? Yes, that’s exactly the thing with Therese Desqueryroux (aka Thérèse), Claude Miller‘s upcoming drama which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Head inside to check out the latest posters, images and a brand new clip from the movie which is set to hit limited theaters this August! Doesn’t look bad at all… As we previously reported, Therese is an adaption of the François Mauriac novel of the same name, first published in 1927. Unfortunately, it’s the last work of director Claude Miller, who died in April 2012. »
- Jeanne Standal
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