5 items from 2013
Compassionately conflicted views of gay male sexuality and inter-European immigration mesh to fascinating effect in “Eastern Boys,” Robin Campillo’s sleek, shape-shifting and intermittently stunning sophomore feature. Bearing all the formal refinement and discursive human interest one associates with Campillo’s regular collaborator Laurent Cantet, this tale of a middle-aged businessman who gets more than he bargained for when cruising in the Gare du Nord is by turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller, with far more control over these unsettling tonal slides than initially seems feasible. A popular winner in the Horizons sidebar at Venice, this highly unusual pic will be swiftly picked up by Lgbt fests and distribs, but less specialized arthouse exposure also beckons.
- Guy Lodge
After suffering an inexplicable seizure which leaves her paralyzed on her right side, 19-year-old Augustine (27 year-old singer-turned-actress Soko in a break out performance), is shipped off to Paris' all female psychiatric hospital Pitié-Salpêtriere which specializes in detecting the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Watch our exclusive clip, where Augustine is first introduced to doctors of the academy, and then check out this acclaimed drama, in select theaters starting today.
Augustine - Exclusive "The Academy"
Augustine captures the attention of Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) after a seizure which appears to give her intense physical pleasure. Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject hypnotizing her in front of fellow doctors as she displays her unusual fits in lecture halls, eventually blurring the lines between doctor and patient.
#52. Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys
Gist: Featuring Olivier Rabourdin (Of Gods and Men), this focuses on one young adult, an immigrant who hangs out with others at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them – Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn’t have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.
Prediction: Critics’ Week. Though the section is big on first time filmmakers, we think that Laurent Cantet’s film editor and co-scribe for Palme d’Or winning The Class might have a shot — he directed the zombie flick They Came »
- Eric Lavallee
Kidman as Kelly: A sure thing for the 86th Academy Awards Best Actress roster? Could Nicole Kidman earn a Best Actress Academy Award nomination early next year for playing 1954 Oscar winner Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco? Is it to soon to start with Oscar 2014 predictions? Hardly. After all, bear in mind that The Weinstein Company has already bought the North American rights to the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace of Monaco, which, according to reports, will possibly be released some time around Christmas 2013. Also, let's not forget that Kidman has already received no less than three Academy Award nods in the last decade, winning the golden statuette a decade ago for Stephen Daldry's three-part drama The Hours. (Pictured above: Grace of Monaco's star Nicole Kidman as Hollywood star turned princess Grace Kelly. Please scroll down to check out another cool Kidman as Kelly photo below.) Oh, but wait a »
- Andre Soares
Title: Augustine Music Box Films Director: Alice Winocour Screenwriter: Alice Winocour Cast: Vincent Lindon, Soko, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Roxane Duran, Lise Lamétrie, Sophie Cattani Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/14/13 Opens: May 2013 Charcot Island in Antarctica was discovered by Jean-Baptiste Charcot, who named it in honor of his father, Professor Jean-Martin Charcot, the founder of modern neurology. Augustine, a fact-based film takes us to the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris where Charcot (Vincent Lindon) developed his theory on hypnosis and hysteria in the late 19-century. A nineteen-year old kitchen-maid, Augustine (Soko) comes to the hospital for treatment for convulsions and seizures that left her with a deformed right eye [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
5 items from 2013
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