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2012 | 2011

6 items from 2012


‘Unforgivable’ a bizarre, enigmatic drama about paranoia

27 September 2012 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Unforgivable

Directed by André Téchiné

Written by André Téchiné and Mehdi Ben Attia

France, 2011

There have certainly been worse cases of writer’s block, but the main character in the new French film Unforgivable really lets his spin out of control. Unforgivable, from co-writer and director André Téchiné, tells an almost Hitchcockian story of how paranoia can drive people to ridiculous lengths. Téchiné’s unique decision to let the script itself not be so single-minded is both a breath of fresh air and a bit of a detriment to the film’s overall impact.

André Dussolier plays Francis, a bestselling crime novelist who just can’t find the inspiration to push him forward in the writing process. Unable to focus in his homeland of France, Francis decides to move to Venice to re-commit to his latest work of fiction. While finding a place to stay, he becomes enamored with his real estate agent, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Unforgivable (Impardonnables) | Review

9 August 2012 6:40 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Francis (Andre Dussolier) is an author of crime fiction who relocates to Venice in order to work on his next novel. He meets a younger woman, a real estate agent named Judith (Carole Bouquet), with whom he becomes instantly infatuated. Eventually, Judith gives in to Francis' advances; then, they marry and decide to live in a secluded house on Torcello Island. Unfortunately, Francis is unable to write whenever he is in love; and the writer's block redirects his overactive imagination towards obsessing about Judith's day-to-day activities. All the while, Francis' daughter (Mélanie Thierry) disappears with a bourgeois drug trafficker (Andrea Pergolesi). Francis hires a retired private detective (Adriana Asti) to track down his daughter and an ex-convict (Mauro Conte) to tail Judith. »

- Don Simpson

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In Remembrance: Gore Vidal's Caligula

1 August 2012 9:44 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Famed author author, playwright and commentator Gore Vidal passed away today at the age of 86. The sharp-tongued author, known for novels such as "Burr" and "Breckinridge" and plays like "The Best Man," was a cultural giant during the 1960s and 1970s, habitually appearing on television to verbally spar with foes like Norman Mailer and William Buckley.

Known as a celebrity figure with a personality that rivaled Truman Capote, Vidal also worked on a number of screenplays, one of which became a cult classic --"Caligula." It was originally produced in 1979, but major disagreements between Vidal and the producer, Bob Guccione, led the former to distance himself from the project. But in 2005, artist and filmmaker Francesco Vezzoli sought to return the legacy of "Caligula" to its rightful owner, creating a a short film, titled "Trailer for the Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula." In the faux-trailer, several Hollywood stars (including original "Caligula »

- Katherine Brooks

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Unforgivable Movie Review

13 June 2012 1:45 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Unforgivable (Impardonnables) Strand Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten Director: André Téchiné Writers: André Téchiné, Mehdi Ben Attia, from Philippe Djian’s novel Cast: André Dussolier, Carole Bouquet, Mauro Conte, Adriana Asti, Mélanie Thierry, Andrea Pergolesi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/12/12 Opens: June 29, 2012 You don’t need a degree in psychology or history to realize that the past is always with us. You can’t escape its impact. Its memory will leave with feeling of guilt but also haunting regressions of past loves: familial, platonic and romantic. If you’re a filmmaker, whether in the seat of the director or the writer, you need the skill to bring an  [ Read More ] »

- Brian Corder

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Film Feature: The 15th Annual EU Film Festival Arrives at Chicago’s Siskel Center

15 February 2012 7:52 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the annual gems of the Chicago movie scene is the Siskel Film Center’s unmissable European Union Film Festival. It provides local movie buffs with the opportunity to sample some of the finest achievements in world cinema. For many of the festival selections, their EU appearance will function as their sole screening in the Windy City.

This year’s edition, running from March 2nd through the 29th, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), Bruce Dumont (“Hors Satan”), Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (“The Fairy”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Black Venus”) and John Landis (“Burke & Hare”). Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved actors, including Léa Seydoux (“Belle Épine”), Tahir Rahim (“Free Men”), Colm Meaney (“Parked”), Noomi Rapace (“Beyond”), Andy Serkis (“Burke & Hare”), Isabella Rossellini (“Late Bloomers”) and Ewan McGregor »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Impardonnables’, despite some admirable qualities, is a bit of a mess

8 February 2012 9:53 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Impardonnables (English title: Unforgivable)

Directed by André Téchiné

Written by André Téchiné and Mehdi Ben Attia

France, 2011

French director and screenwriter André Téchiné has had a long and illustrious career, earning critical acclaim for a great variety of films. His works date as far back as 1969, the year he released his debut, Aline s’en va. Among the common threads which tie in his works are the complicated interactions and strained relationships between his characters, who are continuously confronted with emotional challenges they would much rather not deal with. The wealth they sometimes possess is belittled in the face of various interpersonal hardships. Another is that he adapts almost exclusively original scripts, oftentimes playing a major role in the writing process. For Impardonnables, his latest feature film, the inspiration differs, for it is based on a novel of the same name from Philippe Dijan. Dealing with a vastly different screenwriting process, »

- Edgar Chaput

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