La Nuit du 12

A Caring Copper

July 20, 2022 | By Nick Hammond | Film

As crazy as it might seem to be going to the movies in the middle of a heatwave in Paris, over two hours spent in an air-conditioned cinema afforded a much-needed respite from temperatures that have been edging above 40 … Read More

Peter von Kant

Rages and Tears

July 6, 2022 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

What’s the point of remaking an old film? Not much that I can see in such cases as Gus Van Sant’s word-for-word and shot-for-shot 1998 copy of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. That is not a problem, however, in the stylish new … Read More

En Corps

Step by Step

May 4, 2022 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

In spite of enthusiastic recommendations from friends and good reviews in the press, I was hesitant to see Cédric Klapisch’s new film, En Corps (Rise). I had loved his early film Chacun Cherche Son Chat (When the Cat’s Away) but … Read More

Nous

Take the B Train

February 23, 2022 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Good intentions do not a good movie make, as demonstrated by French director Alice Diop’s latest film, the documentary Nous (We).  Diop is strongly committed to showing onscreen the lives of the “little people,” perhaps better described as ordinary humans, … Read More

Amants

Where’s the Heat?

December 1, 2021 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Act 1 of Nicole Garcia’s new film, Amants: It opens, fittingly for a movie called Lovers, with a couple in bed, her naked body pasted on top of his. She is Lisa (Stacy Martin), he is Simon (Pierre Niney). A small-time … Read More