10 items from 2012
Having proved definitively with Inception that blockbuster movies don't have to be dumb to be successful (despite industry claims to the contrary), Christopher Nolan returns to complete his Batman trilogy in typically bar-raising fashion. That The Dark Knight Rises (2012, Warner, 12) should offer an exhilarating conclusion to this monolithic screen reinvention of Bob Kane's comic-book antihero is no surprise. Nolan's knight has always been cut from more shadowy cloth than any of his franchised affiliates, with the spectre of Frank Miller's Nietzschean crusader casting a long shadow over the handsomely ambiguous proceedings.
In many ways Nolan has given us what Tim Burton first promised in the 80s – a vision of Batman as a tortured soul in purgatory, struggling to escape his childhood demons, outcast by the people whom he is perversely sworn to protect. Here the metaphor becomes a literal reality, »
- Mark Kermode
★★☆☆☆ Over the past decade or so, multilingual stage and screen star Kristin Scott Thomas has carved a palatable little niche for herself; appearing in intense French dramas such as 2008's I've Loved You So Long. This has seen the actress, who has been a resident in Paris since her teens, acquiring the kind of interesting parts that she has perhaps not been offered so much in the UK. Her most recent starring role is in the second feature from director Lola Doillon, In Your Hands (Contre Toi, 2010), which sets out to look at the strange world of Stockholm Syndrome with its star hostage to Pio Marmaï's vengeful kidnapper.
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- CineVue UK
Chicago – In “Delicacy,” the beguiling new film from David and Stéphane Foenkinos, there are moments that beautifully portray the strange effect that love can have on the senses. Two characters spend what appears to be a brief moment together in an office. It’s only upon leaving it that they realize hours have passed by. For fans of charming French rom-coms, this picture may have a similar effect.
The luminous smile that famously graced the face of Audrey Tautou in “Amélie” is replaced by a no less radiant expression of crestfallen heartache. Tautou plays Nathalie, a young woman who loses her great love, François (Pio Marmaï), in a traffic accident. Her stranded heart remains indifferent to the desires of men overwhelmed by her beauty, including her lecherous boss, Charlie (Bruno Todeschini). Thankfully, tragedy has caused Nathalie to favor an uncommon level of frankness, and she has no problem telling Charlie »
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After a string of announcements, it looks like the Toronto International Film Festival have locked down their line-up and it’s looking like a fantastic slate. Much of the additions today come in the form of previous Cannes premieres, including Michael Haneke‘s Amour (review), Cristian Mungiu‘s Beyond the Hills (review), Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love (review), Bernardo Bertolucci‘s Me and You (review), Hong Sang-soo‘s In Another Country and the Venice premiere Olivier Assayas‘ Something in the Air. Most notably missing is Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors, but we do get a new Michael Winterbottom film titled Everyday. Out of the Discovery section, the biggest film seems to be The Brass Teapot, and indie drama starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano and one can check out all the additions below.
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In Your Hands (aka Contre toi) is a subtle psychological thriller, the second full-length feature by the French writer-director Lola Doillon, but the first to be shown here. A claustrophobic virtual two-hander, it stars Kristin Scott Thomas as confident, childless divorcee Anna Cooper, a surgeon working in the obstetrics and gynaecology department of a prison hospital, and Pio Marmaï as Yann, a wild young man.
At the beginning Anna appears distraught but carefully controlled, running from a shabby suburban house to her smart Parisian apartment. The movie doesn't leave us long to wonder about her conduct. She goes to the police to report her abduction, and in a tensely developed flashback we learn that she has been held in a cellar by Yann, the vengeful husband of a patient who died during a Caesarean operation carried out by Anna. In this first part there's an emotional ebb and flow, the »
- Philip French
The Dark Knight Rises (12A)
As big and dark and serious as The Avengers was big and light and fun, the climax to Nolan's Batman trilogy ticks most of the boxes it was demanded to – which is quite an achievement. There's an Occupy-style theme to baddy Bane's Gotham City lockdown, which forces Bruce Wayne to consider his 1% financial status and Batman to revive his punching and growling skills (prompted by Hathaway's slinky cat burglar). Some cheesy cliches (and questionable politics) are needed to tie it all together, but it's still the solid, epic finale you'd hoped for.
- Steve Rose
Kristin Scott Thomas adds to her recent Francophone transgressive sex canon – but this one runs out of ideas
Kristin Scott Thomas gives us another movie in a distinctive genre that she has made her own: modern day, no makeup, speaking French, transgressive sex. It's an intense and claustrophobic two-hander, well acted – especially by her – but frankly a bit of a shaggy-dog story with a faintly unsatisfactory ending. Scott Thomas plays Anna Cooper, a single professional woman living on her own in Paris and a bit of a workaholic. The name signals that, though a fluent and idiomatic French speaker, she is British but otherwise there is no back story. At the beginning of a rare holiday, Anna comes into traumatic contact with an intense figure: Yann, played by Pio Marmaï, and their encounter becomes a terrifying ordeal. The film begins intriguingly and promises much, with an interesting flashback structure which »
- Peter Bradshaw
Audrey Tautou's latest film, "La Délicatesse" -- or "Delicacy" -- encompasses several genres at once. The first part of the film feels like a storybook romance, as we follow her character Nathalie and her first love Francois (Pio Marmaï) as they meet, fall for each other, and get married -- everything is perfect, [spoiler alert] until the day he has an unexpected accident and dies. Then the film transforms into a study of grief and mourning, as Nathalie buries herself in her work and avoids most of the people in her life. But when she abruptly kisses her co-worker Markus (François Damiens), the film changes once again, now becoming a comedy. For Markus, life is now a "(500) Days of Summer"-inspired fantasy sequence, where the world becomes alive, and for Nathalie, it's a chance to begin again -- despite most everyone's shock and disapproval of her choice in partners. ("You can do better, »
- Jen Vineyard
Title: Delicacy Cohen Media Group Review by: Harvey Karten Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos Screenwriter: David Foenkinos from his novel “La Délicatesse” Cast: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier, Joséphine de Meaux, Pio Marmaï, Monique Chaumette Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/15/12 Opens: March 16, 2012 Anyone who has loved and lost–whether through the death of a significant other or a dropped relationship–can identify with the delicate plight of the principal character in David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos’ “Delicacy.” The writer and directors, whose previous work, a short comedy “Une histoire de pieds” (about a couple’s first date as seen from the perspective of a foot), deliver a »
- Brian Corder
Unifrance launches the second edition of the virtual My French Film Festival today, with SnagFilms as the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for cable, satellite and VOD. Running January 12 to February 1 on MyFrenchFilmFestival.com and on video-on-demand in the U.S. via SnagFilms (parent company of Indiewire), the competitive festival includes 10 features and 10 shorts and a multitude of available languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. All features are first or second films that were released since January 2010 in France, and the shorts have all been produced since 2010. Actors include Léa Seydoux, Anaïs Demoustier and Pio Marmaï, and filmmakers include Louis Garrel, Xabi Molia and Katell Quillévéré. Films will be selected to receive the Audience Prize, the International Press Prize and the Social Networks Prize, with »
10 items from 2012
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