7 items from 2015
A trailer has arrived online for director Joann Sfar’s upcoming psychological thriller The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, which is based on the novel La Dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil by Sébastien Japrisot. Take a look after the official synopsis…
Our beautiful, perplexing and headstrong heroine struggles with her sanity when an impromptu trip to the seaside turns into a crazy nightmare.
She’s the most beautiful, most short-sighted, most sentimental, most perplexing, most obstinate, most untrustworthy and most troubling of heroines. The lady in the car has never seen the sea. On the run from the police, she keeps telling herself that she’s not crazy.
- Amie Cranswick
If you read a title of a film that was The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun at first glance you may have thought that someone was trying to be cheeky with their take on exploitation cinema. A cheap, B-film grade knock off of a bygone era. Thankfully this is not the case at all with Joann Sfar's upcoming French thriller. Magnolia Pictures is releasing the film in cinemas and on VOD on December 18th and they released a trailer yesterday. A beautiful secretary steals her boss' sports car to go joyriding in this stylish psychological thriller. She goes to visit a seaside town she swears she's never been to, but everyone knows her name. And when a body turns up in the...
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After leaving a big impression in both volumes of Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, we were hoping to soon see more from up-and-comer Stacy Martin. Before Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise hit theaters, we’ll see her in The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, a ’70s-influenced thriller with more than a bit of style to spare. (That period influence isn’t only aesthetic: this film is the second adaptation of Sébastien Japrisot’s novel, which was previously brought to the screen in 1970.)
The true lead, however, is Freya Mavor, as will be showcased in this preview — and that’s also the most this preview will tell you. It’s almost exclusively a collection of stylish, “propulsive” shots — set to the antiquated sounds of Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” — which one of the only available reviews confirms is a key component. »
- Nick Newman
Set to Wendy Rene's 1960 song "After Laughter (Comes Tears)," the new trailer features Freya Mavor, playing a gorgeous secretary, driving around in a stolen car, but things go from stylish and sexy to brutally dark and thrilling in this French-Belgian production. "The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun" centers on Dany Doremus (Mavor) as she drives her boss's car to a town where everyone seems to know her, although she claims she's never been in the town before. Matters become worse when she discovers a body in her trunk. The trailer is a stunning peek at the noir thriller, which looks to be both stylish and gritty. Director Joann Sfar returns to the screen with his third film and third adaptation; his two previous films "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" and "The Rabbi's Cat" were based on his own comics. Sfar takes a dabble at another adaptation »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
After a successful career as an illustrator and as a writer, Joann Sfar tackled the medium of cinema in 2010 when he directed Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), a beautiful and surprisingly oneiric biopic about the famous French singer. He then followed up with two animated films, one he adapted from his own work (The Rabbi's Cat, 2011) and a second one for which he directed one segment (Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, 2014). With La Dame dans l'Auto avec des Lunettes et un Fusil (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun), Sfar comes back to live cinema with this adaptation of Sébastien Japrisot's homonymous novel, which was already transposed once in 1970 by Anatole Litvak. Sfar himself stated that he wanted to make a...
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Joann Sfar has taken his acclaim as a comics artist and used that momentum to bring his particular visual flair to the world of filmmaking, making his directorial debut with 2010 biopic "Gainsbourg." While narratively uneven, the film undoubtedly boasts strong imagery which renders his foray into genre movies via the upcoming "The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun" all the more intriguing. Read More: Review: 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life' Is An Ambitious Biopic That's Disappointingly Incomplete Starring Freya Mavor, Elio Germano, Benjamin Biolay and "Nymphomaniac" star Stacy Martin, and based on the book by Sébastien Japrisot, the story kicks off when an enigmatic woman takes her employer's car for a joyride. Along the way, she encounters a variety of people who claim to have seen her before, and things become even more twisted when a dead body is discovered in the trunk. My curiosity is certainly piqued. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris – Snd French blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” a Wild Bunch promo reel and a new Pathe comedy “Daddy or Mommy” proved highlights at a packed 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema – 600 foreign distributors attended, up 9% vs. 2013 – which had begun to spark first deals by its wrap on Monday.
“Caprices,” “The Tournament,” “Fidelio” and “Memories” proved other sought-after or buzz titles. Yet others, projects or movies in production or post, were pitched with an eye to further pre-sales at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Inevitably, the Charlie Hebdo massacre played out over the French film mart. Sales co Kinology received 45 petitions in the five days after the slaughter from distributors, festivals and TVs, all requesting the French documentary “Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” by Stephanie Valloatto: Either for the whole film or extracts. Playing out of competition at Cannes, “Cartoonists” was added to the Rdv’s screenings line-up. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
7 items from 2015
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