Category Archives: 7,0-7,9

“Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel (USA, 2014)


First feature

Life Partners

Two long-time best friends come into adulthood in very different ways / a coming of age story that avoids stereotypes / good direction, script, personages, and dialogues

Cast: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Mark Feuerstein, Kate McKinnon, Greer Grammer
Director: Susanna Fogel
Writer: Joni Lefkowitz, Susanna Fogel
Director of Photography: Brian Burgoyne

“Altered Perception” by Kate Rees Davies (USA, 2017)

first feature / cinema of substance

Altered Perception

With its strong but disturbing message, its unconventional camera work. and its very original script, this movie deserves a much more encouraging reaction, but it seems that few critics ventured to see it. Or is it because the pharmaceutical industry has been lobbying around? 🙂
Very original first feature in the trend “cinema-vérirté” / Nice team-work although at times awkwardly amateurish / Pity Kate Davies didn’t find it necessary to provide the viewer with a cinematic conclusion other than a few quotes from Forbes and Vanity Fair.

Cast:  Jon Huertas, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Mark Burnham
Director: Kate Rees Davies
Writers: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Jon Huertas, Travis Romero
Music by Randy Chance
Cinematography by Steve Romano
Film Editing by Jon Artigo, Vance Crofoot

“Augustine” by Alice Winocour (France, 2012)

first feature / cinema of substance


Jean-Martin Charcot, a 19th-century neurologist famous for his work on female hysteria, owes his success to the influence of his wife and the capacity of his favorite patient to ‘fake’ her seizures.

Cast: Soko, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Duran, Sophie Cattani
Director: Alice Winocour
Music by Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography by Georges Lechaptois
Film Editing by Julien Lacheray

“Lucky Them” by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2013)

Lucky Them

Good dialogues and humor, with a movie within the movie

Cast: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, Ahna O’Reilly, Amy Seimetz, Joanne Woodward, Lynn Shelton, Johnny Depp
Director: Megan Griffiths
Screenplay: Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel
Music by Craig Wedren
Cinematography by Ben Kutchins
Film Editing by Meg Reticker

“Something New” by Sanaa Hamri (USA, 2006)

Something New

“The boy is just white, he’s not a martian!”
Romantic comedy built around the racial divide: a black woman does not accept her feelings towards a white man / great performance by Sanaa Lathan / nice choregraphy
The rom-com part of the movie is handled in the first half hour, which allows Sanaa Hamri an hour time to dig deeper and create tensions by showing subtly how prejudices, family values, differences in humor, etc. interfere in this mixed-race relationship.
“”Something New” delivers all the usual pleasures of a love story, and something more.” [Roger Ebert]

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Mike Epps, Donald Faison, Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Golden Brooks, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Taraji P. Henson, Earl Billings
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Written by Kriss Turner
Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin
Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut
Film Editing by Melissa Kent

“Thelma” by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2017)

Lesbian love through the eyes of male directors


A girl succeeds at accepting her sexual identity by resisting the religious constraints imposed on her

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg
Director: Joachim Trier
Writer: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum