Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together, a life complicated by Shane''s mysterious and frequent visits to a medical... See full summary »
When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
Pierre's wife, Madeleine, is dead, but he still sees her in his dreams. One day, his younger brother, Baptiste, comes back to live with him. A new life is possible, but Eva, Baptiste's wife, comes back and divides the two brothers.
Jernanger is a tale about the tempered Eivind who isn't scared of anything- except love. Eivind, lives aboard a boat in the South of Norway. The boat lies low and lopsided in the water. ... See full summary »
Pål Sverre Hagen,
Hans Petter Hansen
Tina is a young warehousewoman in a supermarket. She is in love with Fred but still lives at her mother Nadine's. When Nadine dies, Tina looks for meeting her father Ludovic, who she never ... See full summary »
In a collection of essays titled "The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe" Grandieux's work is mentioned alongside films by Catherine Breillat, Gaspar Noé and Michael Haneke. Generally speaking I'd say that's a fair starting point if you're wondering what kind of film to expect. Unlike those three directors, Grandieux really diverges from traditional, plot-driven narratives. La Vie Nouvelle is a feature length film with a definite plot but there is only a handful of words spoken. The film communicates with the viewer through colour, texture, unconventional sound design, expressive, wordless, almost awkwardly long scenes.
What never ceases to amaze me while watching a Grandieux film is how intentional every decision seems. While it may be difficult to understand exactly why Grandieux made the decisions that he did it's abundantly clear that there is a masterful hand at work.
I suspect that even the most well-versed cinephile is going to find this a difficult watch but if you're willing to abandon convention and just experience this beautifully shot and incredibly powerful film it's really very rewarding.
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