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This week's new films

30 September 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Melancholia (15)

(Lars Von Trier, 2010, Den/Swe/Fra/Ger) Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård. 136 mins

Never have crippling depression and the end of the world looked so appealing. Personal and planetary orbits are fatalistically set on collision course in Von Trier's latest, as two sisters struggle with life, the universe and each other, but despite the grimness, its strange beauty stays with you.

The Debt (15)

(John Madden, 2010, Us) Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington. 113 mins

A trio of Israeli agents try to abduct a former Nazi, then deal with the fallout decades later in this structurally (over)ambitious spy epic.

Red State (18)

(Kevin Smith, 2011, Us) Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman. 88 mins

Smith takes aim at Christian fundamentalism in this cultish horror, which doesn't have the firepower it needs.

The Green Wave (Nc)

(Ali Samadi Ahadi, 2010, Ger) 80 mins

Documentary on Iran's 2009 democratic uprising, mixing reportage, animation and tweets and blogs. »

- Steve Rose

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La Piscine Review: Classic French Film Flooded With Sexual Tension

30 September 2011 8:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

A quick look at the plot and cast of La Piscine is an instant evocation of timelessly cool 60′s French cinema. Featuring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet in a love triangle, with a young Jane Birkin caught up in the ensuing mess of passion, jealousy and revenge, this latest Park Circus re-release of Jacques Deray’s La Piscine, that has returned to U.K. theatres on a limited run, is as stylish and sexy as ever.

The plot sees Jean-Paul (Delon) and Marianne (Schneider) living an isolated but content life in a villa near St. Tropez. However, when former friend and lover Harry shows up on the scene with his daughter Penelope (Birkin), things quickly heat up as the group work themselves into a vicious circle of mind-games.

This re-mastering of the film complements Deray’s fastidious use of colour, in which the bone-dry look »

- Rob Zak

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La Piscine

29 September 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A couple's idyllic summer break is interrupted by the arrival of an old flame and his daughter

The opening credits of the newly restored La Piscine show the world reflected in the pool of the title. It is at once familiar and yet slightly off-kilter, natural but with a surreal edge, and it is an ambience that will go on to pervade Jacques Deray's languidly sultry film about passion and jealousy.

Showing a similar - although not quite as well-developed - talent for insinuation and implication as Claude Chabrol (it would make a »

- Amber Wilkinson

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"La Piscine" Back In UK Cinemas This Week

29 September 2011 3:30 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »


Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Park Circus film distributors in the UK concerning the 1969 classic La Piscine starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin:

Newly restored by Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie, Jacques Deray's 1969 French classic La Piscine will be back in cinemas from Friday 30 September, opening at BFI Southbank, Filmhouse Edinburgh and key cities.  »

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This week's new films

23 September 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Warrior (12A)

(Gavin O'Connor, 2011, Us) Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison. 140 mins

After a summer of CGI robots and superheroes duking it out, here's proof again that nothing beats human-on-human violence. The basic ingredients of this sports drama look very familiar, but there's novelty in the fighting style (mixed martial arts), and the fact that our opponents are two sympathetic brothers – hard-up teacher Edgerton v Afghanistan vet Hardy. For once, the outcome is uncertain.

Drive (18)

(Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011, Us) Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks. 100 mins

A vintage American muscle car with an efficient European engine, this sleek crime thriller handles the genre road superbly, as cool getaway ace Gosling loses his grip over one last job.

Crazy Stupid Love (12A)

(Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, 2011, Us) Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone. 118 mins

Male relationship woes are sympathetically mocked in this multi-stranded romcom, centring on Carell's »

- Steve Rose

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Jeremy Renner and Mia Wasikowska May Jump In ‘The Swimming Pool’ For ‘I Am Love’ Director

19 August 2011 11:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Update: Variety’s Jeff Sneider lets us know that Renner’s publicist has said the actor will not be taking on this project. Read the original story below.

This weekend sees the release of two remakes, both of cult classics from the ’80s. It feels like most remakes and reboots these days are from that decade and that kind of movie, which is why it feels weird to report on one that’s not only taking a cue from the ’60s, but is also based on a foreign film.

According to TheTrackingBoard (via IonCinema), I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino is trying to get Jeremy Renner and Mia Wasikowska to star in his planned remake of The Swimming Pool, which was originally directed by Jacques Deray and starred Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Jane Birkin, and Maurice Ronet. This new version is said to be called A Bigger Splash; for me, »

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Renner and Wasikowska Get Wet on Luca Guadagnino's 'A Bigger Splash'

19 August 2011 8:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I Am Love has opened some huge doors for Italian helmer Luca Guadagnino. Currently keepoing busy with docu films Inconscio italiano (showing at Venice this month) and Bertolucci on Bertolucci (docu due out next year), he has been developing Auntie Mame and Corsica 72 as his potential feature film projects - but now it's a remake of Jacques Deray's “The Swimming Pool" - the 1969 pic starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and a very young Jane Birkin that looks to be his next. Ttb report that Jeremy Renner and Mia Wasikowska are currently attached, while Noomi Rapace might be another candidate to fill out the screen foursome in A Bigger Splash. Look for this to be high up on our most anticipated list if production begins this year. Gist: This follows Marianne and Paul (Renner), a pair of American lovers are vacationing near St.-Tropez when Marianne invites Harry, a former lover, »

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