Category Archives: female director

"To Each, Her Own" by Myriam Aziza (2018)

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to each her own
A Jewish lesbian falls for a Muslim Black
Performances lack cohesion but message is welcome
Cast: Sarah Stern, Jean-Christophe Folly, Julia Piaton
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Denyse Rodriguez-Tomé
Music by Martin Rappeneau
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Vincent Zuffranieri

"The Evening Dress" by Myriam Aziza (2009)

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the evening dress
A 12-year-old girl transforms a crush she has for a (female) teacher into an obsessive jealousy. Unable to talk about it with anyone, she locks herself up in an inextricable situation. One hopes that the situation will ultimately resolve itself in a positive way, although everything points out towards a dramatic end.
Cleverly brings the position of the teacher into perspective
Great performances!
Cast: Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Lio, Sophie Mounicot
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Sophie Bredier
Music by Martin Wheeler
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Ariane Mellet

"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

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Appropriate Behavior
What does ‘appropriate behavior’mean for someone who doesn’t fit anywhere?
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Screenplay: Desiree Akhavan
Music by Josephine Wiggs
Cinematography by Chris Teague
Film Editing by Sara Shaw

"Keep The Change" by Rachel Israel (2017)

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Keep the change
A film “devoted to the intricacies of the autistic experience” [Derek Smith]
Great performances!
Cast: Jessica Walter, Christina Brucato, Jennifer Brito
Director: Rachel Israel
Writer: Rachel Israel
Music by Amie Doherty
Cinematography by Zachary Halberd
Film Editing by Alex Camilleri

"Never Steady, Never Still" by Kathleen Hepburn (2017)

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Never steady, never still
This sober but intense movie contrasts the inhumane landscapes of Alberta (Canada) with the survival drive of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease.
Fantastic photography of these unforgivable landscapes in which nothing good can happen, in which life cannot be but a struggle and death’s a part of everyday life: you wouldn’t know you’re on planet earth!
Extraordinary performance by Shirley Henderson: “She pulls off the most difficult and effective illusion of all, which is to make it look as if she’s living through what she’s acting. This is not the sort of screen acting that wins awards, I fear—it’s too subtle. But if you don’t treat yourself to this movie, you will indeed be missing out on one of the best pieces of acting 2018 cinema has to offer.” [Glenn Kenny]
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway, Nicholas Campbell, Jared Abrahamson, Hugo Ateo
Director: Kathleen Hepburn
Writer: Kathleen Hepburn
Music by Ben Fox
Cinematography by Norm Li
Film Editing by Simone Smith

“You Don’t Get Life a Second Time” by Zoya Akhtar (2011)

You Don't Get Life a Second Time

Funny, good story and direction, some good – but at times childish – music, but weak content

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Writers: Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Cinematography by Carlos Catalan
Film Editing by Anand Subaya

"You Don't Get Life a Second Time" by Zoya Akhtar (2011)

You Don't Get Life a Second Time
Funny, good story and direction, some good – but at times childish – music, but weak content
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Writers: Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Cinematography by Carlos Catalan
Film Editing by Anand Subaya

"Luck By Chance" by Zoya Akhtar (2009)

Luck by chance
A movie about Bollywood, gently criticizing, full of all the cliches you can think about, with a few excellent scenes
Could have been at least one hour shorter!
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Writers: Zoya Akhtar, Javed Akhtar
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Cinematography by Carlos Catalan
Film Editing by Anand Subaya