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Film Review: ‘His Wife’

24 March 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indian mysticism takes a decidedly Gallic turn in writer-director Michel Spinosa’s “His Wife.” A man (Yves Attal) whose significant other has disappeared discovers that she died in India, where her spirit has possessed a younger woman. Although the film unfolds from the husband’s p.o.v., as the title suggests, its skillful time shuffling and the compelling presence of Charlotte Gainsbourg (Attal’s real-life spouse) assures equal representation, the wife’s identity gaining in autonomy as her husband is told her full story from beyond the grave. More interesting than fully successful, “His Wife,” unlike its protagonists, may never venture far from home.

Before she agrees to marry him, Catherine (Gainsbourg) takes Joseph (Attal) to what turns out to be a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where she indirectly reveals to him her heroin addiction, now under control with a prescription opiate. Predictably for this rather cold, rational veterinarian, Joseph »

- Ronnie Scheib

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Article about the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York

4 March 2014 1:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Bertrand Tavernier on The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay): "I tell them not to play it as comedy and it will be funny." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The opening night of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York at the Paris Theatre will bring us Catherine Deneuve's exceptional performance in Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way. Bertrand Tavernier's wildly diplomatic The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay), based on Antonin Baudry’s graphic novels, starring Raphaël Personnaz, Thierry Lhermitte with Julie Gayet, Jane Birkin and Niels Arestrup closes the festival. Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos in If You Don't, I Will (Arrête Ou Je Continue) directed by Sophie Fillières, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal in Michel Spinosa's His Wife (Son Épouse), Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne with Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel and Paul Hamy are some of the other highlights of UniFrance and the Film Society of »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #101. Michel Spinosa’s His Wife

19 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

His Wife

Director: Michel Spinosa

Writers: Agnes de Sacy, Michel Spinosa

Producer: Patrick Sobelman

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg

English speaking audiences perhaps know French director Michel Spinosa better for his screenwriting credits, which include two films directed by Gilles Bourdos, the rather awkward Afterwards (2008), and the celebrated Renoir (2012). However, Spinosa has a trio of his own directorial efforts under his belt, including the excellent 2007 psychological thriller/character study, Anna M., which features a stupendous performance from Isabelle Carre. We’re thrilled to see him back with his return to the director’s seat and starring real life couple Attal and Gainsbourg.

Gist: Gracie, a young Tamil woman living near Madras, has been having behavioural disorders since the day she was married. The memory of her French friend Catherine, who died in unresolved circumstances, seems to be haunting her. Catherine’s grieving ex-husband, Joseph, decides »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #102. Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie

19 February 2014 7:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Miss Julie

Director: Liv Ullmann

Writer: Liv Ullmann

Producers: Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan, Teun Hilte, Oliver Dungey, Synnøve Hørsdal

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jessica Chastian, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

While IFC Films/Sundance Selects will hopefully release Two Lives sometime this year, an excellent German film in which Liv Ullmann stars, we’re even more excited to see her return to the director’s seat for the first time in fourteen years with this adaptation of Strindberg’s theater staple. There are several other film versions out there, perhaps most famously is Alf Sjoberg’s 1951 treatment. But with leading ladies like Chastain and the sublime Samantha Morton, this is destined to be one of the year’s most welcome re-interpretations.

Gist: Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Other Angle Inks Sales On “Babysitting,” Screens “Trapped” At Unifrance’s Rdv

9 January 2014 8:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris–  Boasting a full slate of French fare, Other Angle has closed further sales on “Babysitting,” Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benhamou’s French twist on “Project X.”

Babysitting,” which is part of Other Angle’s roaster for the Unifrance’s three-day Rendez-Vous mart, has been picked up by Russia (All Media), Belgium (Victory) and Switzerland (Praessens). 

A comedy starring Philippe Lacheau, Gerard Jugnot and Clotilde Courau, “Babysitting”  turns on an employee who is asked by his boss and his wife to babysit their son, an out-of-control teenage brat. The next morning, they receive a call from the police warning them that their son is missing and their villa has been turned out. The parents must watch a found footage of the night’s events to find out what happened to their son.

Pic is produced by Christophe Cervoni (“Mobius”) and Marc Fiszman (“Jcvd”), and will be released in Gaul by Universal in the Spring. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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