Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ...
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As a man leaves his wife and daughter, a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tell the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.
1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »
Hélène is unhappy with her marriage but finds some comfort and relief with Paul, a young art student. They reflect on their differences of age, backgrounds and also what truly connects them... See full summary »
L'Astragale is a 2015 French drama film directed by Brigitte Sy. It is the second film adaptation of the 1965 semi-autobiographical novel L'Astragale by Albertine Sarrazin, after Guy Casaril's L'Astragale.
Using the late WG Sebald's book "The Rings of Saturn" as its template, this documentary traces the immensely respected author's account of a walk through Suffolk; a tour which prompted tangential musings.
The familiar conflicts of a film director planning to make a movie about his life and the confrontation he has with his wife, an actress who was turned down for such project in which she wanted to play herself.
Middle-aged artistes provide the focus of this drama filmed in black and white. The story is set in Paris around the time of the Gulf War. Paul is an actor leading a drab directionless ... See full summary »
Johanna ter Steege
Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. But the new girl in his life finds out that Manon has a lover. When she tells Pierre, the time comes for difficult decisions all round.
There's something so inherently simple about this film, something that may even come across as detrimental if one was to explain the entire plot summary to someone who was interested. They might think that it sounds really contrived and kind of like a ridiculous soap opera, but the key in making a film is always in its execution. In that respect, this film succeeds admirably. The screenplay is simple, but very nuanced and realistic, and the performances and the quiet, delicate direction only help add to that realism. Before you know it, you realize you've become really enthralled in these characters' lives. Very well done in all respects, and definitely recommended for fans of realism cinema.
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