Monday, July 27, 2020

Summer of France: Film Interlude

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been busy with other reading obligations and so, I give you some French film suggestions, in keeping with my summer theme.

The Intouchables (2012) – if you saw the 2017 American film, The Upside, with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, this is the original version. Just like the remake, it’s funny, sentimental, and entertaining.

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The Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) – I would watch Juliette Binoche in anything, and she’s great in this. Two actresses are cast as lovers in a film. One is middle-aged and struggling with a waning career, the other is younger and infinitely intriguing. Sparks fly, and complications ensue with the arrival of the older actress’s assistant. Also stars Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. All are wonderful.

Amélie (2002) – if you haven’t seen Amélie, I don’t know what to tell you. Other than to watch it. It’s a quirky and entirely original love story. I had planned to re-watch it for this post (and still plan to), but got diverted by the next film.

Caché (2005) – I was distracted to watch this film instead because it's one I hadn't seen with Juliette Binoche, who, as mentioned, I would watch in anything. The film is billed as a psychological thriller but it’s a slow burn—sometimes, painfully slow. A couple begins receiving disturbing videos and messages, and tries to figure out what’s happening. I will say, the end left me puzzling over some aspects of the plot—but in a good way.

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Amour (2012) – This movie about an elderly couple and their love will tear your heart out of your chest. It’s truly one of the most beautiful representations of devotion I’ve ever seen depicted.

The Artist (2012) – For recovery after viewing Amour, I recommend this fun, silent film about an aging star who falls for a younger actress. It’s light and nostalgic.
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On my list to view:

Les Misérables (2019) – this is not the one based on the Broadway show, but a film from last year about tensions between police and citizens in Montfermeil—many, immigrants struggling to thrive.

Slack Bay (2017) – a mystery about the disappearance of a wealthy family. Reviews call it “dark,” “funny,” and “delightfully strange.” A mystery that maybe, isn’t really a mystery. I’m in.


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