Sauvage

Wild Child

September 22, 2018 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

We may all have had our fill of movies about a tart with a heart, but Sauvage is something different. The central character, Léo (Félix Maritaud), is a 22-year-old gay male prostitute who, despite being obliged to perform degrading acts … Read More

Transit

History Repeated?

May 2, 2018 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The French-German production Transit, directed by Christian Petzold, is an odd bird of a film. It takes place in present-day France (oddly, no one has a cellphone, however), where unidentified “Fascist” occupiers are moving through the country arresting foreigners. The … Read More

Le Redoutable

Taking the 'God' Out of Godard

October 18, 2017 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The title of the film Le Redoutable comes from a radio play Jean-Luc Godard (played by Louis Garrel) listens to every morning in his kitchen. He repeats its catchphrase in a voice dripping with radiophonic drama from time to time … Read More

Visages Villages

Seeing the Power of the Imagination

July 26, 2017 | Documentary | By Nick Hammond

What a surprising pleasure to see the new documentary Visages, Villages, by 89-year-old Agnès Varda, made with 34-year-old artist JR and first shown out of competition at this year’s Cannes Film festival. Throughout the course of the film, both Varda … Read More

Les Fantômes d’Ismaël

Hitchcock, Bergman, Truffaut? Non!

May 24, 2017 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The popular French film director Arnaud Desplechin is back with a new movie, Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (Ismael’s Ghosts), which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This is another one of the director’s sprawling, apparently autobiographical, angst-ridden psychodramas, so sprawling that … Read More

L’Opéra

Backstage at the Opera (And the Ballet)

April 12, 2017 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

The Opéra National de Paris is a big, unwieldy machine that encompasses not only the French national opera company but also the national ballet. Jean-Stéphane Bron’s new documentary, L’Opéra, like Frederick Wiseman’s recent documentary on the National Gallery in London, … Read More