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6 items from 2011

Blu-ray Review: Fred Cavayé’s ‘Point Blank’ Delivers Non-Stop Suspense

21 December 2011 5:22 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Excluding its rather unnecessary epilogue, Fred Cavayé’s latest thriller, “Point Blank,” clocks in around one hour and fifteen minutes. It’s a fast paced film, but it oddly never feels rushed. All of the set-pieces and dramatic revelations are present and executed to perfection. What’s lacking here is the extra padding so often found in bloated Hollywood blockbusters.

Though Paul Haggis’s “The Next Three Days” aimed to imitate the expertly paced tension of a Cavayé’ picture by remaking his 2008 effort, “Anything for Her,” the original managed to tell the story in half the time and was twice as entertaining. As long as Americans can accept reading subtitles, there is no reason to remake Cavayé’s transcendently entertaining work, which has the power to thrill audiences on any continent.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

In some ways, “Point Blank” is a mirror image of “Anything for Her,” with its wronged protagonist on the run, »

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Point Blank (Á bout portant) | Review

1 September 2011 10:20 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Fred Cavayé Writers: Fred Cavayé, Guillaume Lemans Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri Point Blank is a dark, relentless, and stylishly directed new French crime thriller that drops an innocent man into a paranoid world of kidnapping, corruption, hopelessness, and betrayal. Director Fred Cavayé seems equally inspired by the unsettling, claustrophobic world of American film noir and that rich period of French crime films in the eighties and early nineties that gave us masterworks by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) and Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva). Yet for all of its momentum and sheer kinetic energy, the film loses sight of the essentials--character, emotion, and motivation--far too much of the time, resulting in a film that isn’t nearly as thrilling or as suspenseful as it should be. Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a nurse’s aide who works in a hospital where »

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Permalink | Report a problem Hookup: 10 Pairs of Chicago Anytime Passes to French Thriller ‘Point Blank’

15 August 2011 3:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest French thriller edition of Hookup: Film, we have 10 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the film “Point Blank” from French director Fred Cavayé!

The film opened in Chicago on Aug. 12, 2011 at Landmark Century Centre Cinema. “Point Blank” stars Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri, Pierre Benoist, Valérie Dashwood, Virgile Bramly, Nicky Naude, Adel Bencherif, Vincent Colombe, Chems Dahmani and Grégoire Bonnet from writer and director Fred Cavayé.

To win your free run-of-engagement movie pass for “Point Blank”, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! These movie passes are valid during the film’s theatrical run at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Point Blank” from French director Fred Cavayé. »

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Exclusive: Point Blank Clip

29 July 2011 1:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fred Cavay&#233 directs Point Blank, which follows Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a happily married nurse working in a Paris hospital. When his very pregnant wife (Elena Anaya) is kidnapped before his helpless eyes, everything falls apart. After being knocked unconscious, he comes to and his cell phone rings: he has three hours to get Sartet (Roschdy Zem), a man under police surveillance, out of the hospital. Shot on location in wide lens, Point Blank is an exhilarating non-stop ride through Paris' streets, subways, hospitals, warehouses, and police stations, as Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. We have an exclusive clip from this Magnolia Pictures release, which you can check out below.

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Point Blank was released July 29th, 2011 and stars Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, »

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Review: Point Blank

10 June 2011 4:34 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Point Blank (À bout portant), directed by Fred Cavayé and starring Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya, Mireille Perrier, Claire Perot, Moussa Maaskri, Pierre Benoist and Valérie Dashwood. Methodical in technique, Fred Cavayé's astoundingly astute eye for action-thriller writing/directing makes Point Blank one of the most lean, well-paced and credible international films of the genre in recent years. French film-makers have a born flair for this category, mixing heightened emotion with electrifying suspense, and Point Blank is no exception. But it’s far from formulaic, and is packed with twists and variations on the expected and realistic character responses to keep you totally engaged – forgiving the odd incredulous episode. Imagine Neeson’s Taken, without the added attraction of a big-named star. »

- Lisa Keddie

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Free Radicals: Serge Bozon and the New French Cinema at Lincoln Center

15 March 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

April 13-18

Fifty years after Jean-Luc Godard, Serge Bozon and the .young turks. of Cahiers du cinéma resolved that the best way to criticize movies was to make their own films. The result was the creation of another exciting .new wave. of critic-filmmakers, hailing from the iconoclastic film magazine La lettre du cinéma(1997-2005), boldly storming the gates of the French film establishment.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center brings writer, director, actor and DJ, Serge Bozon to New York to present this first major North American survey of films by the Lettre du cinéma circle as well as to curate and present a series of screenings of rarities (along with Anthology Film Archives) that have influenced his work. Also introducing and discussing their films will be his fellow filmmakers, Jean-Charles Fitoussi and Aurélia Georges. And if that weren.t enough, Bozon will also put his DJ skills on display, »

- Melissa Howland

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