8 items from 2014
“To me, music is the soul of the film,” Xavier Dolan said in an interview with Slant Magazine in 2012, just as his third feature Laurence Anyways was about to makes it premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. More than most directors, it seems, Dolan seems to blur the line between film and music video, bringing the two together tastefully, offering interludes that are just as important to the whole of the film as any dialogue scene. These scenes, perhaps, allow Dolan to exercise his more indulgent side, but they give his films a gorgeous full bodied appeal. Also giving him the opportunity to experiment with technique, Dolan brings an inventiveness and assuredness to both forms unlike any director.
- Kyle Turner
Summer Shanty: Rohmer’s Breezy Contemplation a Welcome Resurrection
Never before released in the Us, Eric Rohmer’s 1996 title, A Summer’s Tale, which is part of his Tales of the Four Seasons cycle, finally arrives for a seasonally appropriate theatrical run. A chatty, observational exercise, it’s a humorously playful film with the director’s usual examination of lovelorn humans and their amusing interactions. As such, it’s a very welcome resuscitation, albeit nearly twenty years after the fact, from a cherished filmmaker who passed away in 2010.
Starring a mop-headed Melvil Poupaud as a young adult, this is a delectable performance from the actor, a perfomer since a preadolescent who has become a prolific presence in and outside of French cinema, headlining titles from Francois Ozon, Xavier Dolan, and Zoe Cassavetes. Intelligent, contemplative conversation and amusing interactions transpire effortlessly and with continual interest, as per usual in Rohmer’s fashion. »
- Nicholas Bell
A Summer’s Tale
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 54 Mins.
Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago. Melvil Poupaud plays Gaspard, a mopey young man who heads to a seaside resort in Brittany looking for a girl…and ends up finding three. Quelle chance! It’s obvious from the start that Amanda Langlet’s pixieish Margot is the One, especially after a series of long platonic walks and soul-searching talks. But Rohmer would rather torture the poor cad for not »
- EW staff
The art and seductive power of conversation lies at the heart of the work of Éric Rohmer, the French New Wave filmmaker who passed away in 2010. Best known for his “Six Moral Tales” series, which included modern investigations of fidelity and ethics in titles like My Night at Maud’s and Love in the Afternoon, Rohmer’s work uses conversation as a platform from which to explore the elasticity of human personality, morality, and rational decision-making. These are not merely films that have a great deal of dialogue – rather, Rohmer crafted interactions between characters that gradually and shrewdly peel away toward the core (or shape-shifting goo) of their identity. The same can be said for A Summer’s Tale, Rohmer’s 1996 film that is only now seeing an official Us theatrical release. The third entry in Rohmer’s season-themed late-career series of films (which also includes A Tale of Springtime (1990), A Winter’s Tale (1992) and A Tale »
- Landon Palmer
The late New Wave auteur Eric Rohmer equated his films to novels — that's what auteur means, after all — and A Summer's Tale feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it's substantial without weighing much.
The plot of this 1996 film, newly restored and in its first American theatrical release, seems quaintly simple: On a Brittany beach-town holiday, a moody math student (Melvil Poupaud) waits to meet his girlfriend (Aurélia Nolin), meanwhile making a friend (Amanda Langlet) who wants to set him up with her friend (Gwenaëlle Simon).
The ensuing complications play out as a perfectly minimal farce, with edges planed so smooth as to be almost invisible. Days and moods pass »
Fans of Eric Rohmer, start getting excited now. The French auteur's light-as-air classic "A Summer's Tale," the third film in his Four Seasons film cycle and the only one to never before receive Us distribution, is arriving this summer on the big screen. It hits theaters June 20 at New York's Lincoln Center, and July 18 at various Laemmle theater locations in La. A national release is set to follow. Originally premiering in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, "A Summer's Tale" follows a young college graduate (Melvil Poupaud) as he touches down in a breezy seaside town in Bretagne for a three-week vacation. All of the films in Rohmer's Four Seasons cycle -- and, indeed, in his career -- look at the tangled complications of love, much of which is discussed at length by his introspective if fallible characters, and this film is no different. The young »
- Beth Hanna
The International Cinephile Society has announced the nominees for the 11th Ics Awards. Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations with 7 nods each.
Winners of the 11th Ics Awards will be announced on February 23, 2014.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
. 12 Years a Slave
. The Great Beauty
. Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
Film Not In The English Language
. Beyond the Hills
. The Great Beauty
. The Hunt
. In the »
The International Cinephile Society -- a group of film academics, journalist and critics from around the world -- announced the nominees for their 11th annual awards, and they definitely went their own way. While critics group darlings "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Her" and "12 Years a Slave" each received 7 nominations, so did "Blue is the Warmest Color." And the four films were nominated for best picture alongside "Before Midnight," "Frances Ha," "Gravity," "Spring Breakers," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Great Beauty" and "Laurence Anyways," with no "American Hustle" or "Captain Phillips"anywhere to be found (the former actually did receive a solo nod for best ensemble). The acting races were equally surprising. Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément were nominated for "Laurence Anyways," as was Anton Adasinsky for "Faust" and Juliette Binoche for "Camille Claudel 1915." These nods came over Oscar sure things like Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Oprah »
8 items from 2014
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