3 items from 2015
Frédéric Tellier’s intense thriller SK1 (L’Affaire SK1) stars Raphaël Personnaz, Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet, Michel Vuillermoz and Adama Niane. SK1, named for the first serial killer identified through DNA analysis in France, is based on journalist Patricia Tourancheau’s book about the case, Guy Georges: La Traque.
Frédéric spoke with me about his upcoming project with SK1 producer Julien Madon, how Bertrand Tavernier's L.627 and Henri Verneuil's Mélodie En Sous-Sol (Any Number Can Win), starring Jean Gabin and Alain Delon, play a detective role, finding his Guy Georges, the nature of evil and the response of the inspectors involved in the case when they saw the film.
Baye is Maître Frédérique Pons, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Life of Riley, 2014.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
George Riley is due to die, forcing his close friends, and ex-lovers, to reflect on their own lives as he comes to the end of his.
This is Alain Resnais’ final film. This is his third adaptation of an Alan Aykbourn play, a different era to his previous exploits within his six-decade canon. Director of art-house classics Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad, Resnais was often ambiguous with his intentions, merging dreams and reality, truth and fiction, throughout his stories. Life of Riley won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival (only one month before his death) “for a feature that opens new perspectives”, as it does again create conflict between stage and screen.
Of course, it’s slightly jarring when, fading into England (more specifically, »
- Simon Columb
Director: Alain Resnais
Running Time: 108 minutes
Synopsis: A group of friends fast approaching their elder years find out one of them is dying. It soon becomes apparent that the ladies of the group have a particular affinity with the ill George, while them and their husbands try to keep an amateur dramatics play alive.
A French film set in England, adapted from a stage play into a film but shot as a stage play, Life Of Riley could be described as having somewhat of an identity crisis. At 91 years of age, classic French film director Alain Resnais can’t be blamed, and should be celebrated, for still trying to add a bit of uniqueness and experimentation to his films, even if it does feel a bit jumbled.
It’s always a gamble when presenting a film as a play. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
3 items from 2015
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