Category Archives: love

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

second feature

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

"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

first feature

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

“Mary Shelley” by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2017)

Mary Shelley

Great images and strong performance, but somewhat lost in time

Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Hugh O’Conor, Jack Hickey, Ciara Charteris
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Emma Jensen
Editor: Alex Mackie, Nathan Nugent
Director of Photography: David Ungaro

"Mary Shelley" by Haifaa Al-Mansour (2017)

Mary Shelley
Great images and strong performance, but somewhat lost in time
Cast: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Hugh O’Conor, Jack Hickey, Ciara Charteris
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Emma Jensen
Editor: Alex Mackie, Nathan Nugent
Director of Photography: David Ungaro

“The Stolen Years” by Chun-Chun Wong (2013)

The Stolen Years

This young and beautiful woman goes first through amnesia, then Alzheimer, and then, after an unsuccessful operation, she’s paralyzed. Did I forget something? Oh yes!: euthanasia! But no worries: no matter what happens to her, she stays young and beautiful.
One of the worse scripts l’ve ever seen, and to add insult to injury, the movie is doted with a childish score!

Cast: Baihe Bai, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Ken Lin
Director: Chun-Chun Wong
Writers: Skipper Cheng, Silver Hau
Music by Henry Lai
Cinematography by Cheng Chen
Film Editing by Chi-Leung Kwong

"The Stolen Years" by Chun-Chun Wong (2013)

The Stolen Years
This young and beautiful woman goes first through amnesia, then Alzheimer, and then, after an unsuccessful operation, she’s paralyzed. Did I forget something? Oh yes!: euthanasia! But no worries: no matter what happens to her, she stays young and beautiful.
One of the worse scripts l’ve ever seen, and to add insult to injury, the movie is doted with a childish score!
Cast: Baihe Bai, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Ken Lin
Director: Chun-Chun Wong
Writers: Skipper Cheng, Silver Hau
Music by Henry Lai
Cinematography by Cheng Chen
Film Editing by Chi-Leung Kwong

“Outside In” by Lynn Shelton (2017)

Outside in

A focused, “quiet, deeply empathetic film” (Allison Shoemaker) / Formidable performance by Edie Falco

Cast: Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Blakely, Claudine Nako
Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Jay Duplass, Lynn Shelton
Cinematographer: Nathan M. Miller
Editor: Celia Beasley
Composer: Andrew Bird

“The Pretty One” by Jenée LaMarque (2013)

The Pretty One

An intelligent take on ‘a young woman in search of her identity’ / enjoyable, witty, deep, sensitive… / First feature

Cast: Zoe Kazan, Jake M. Johnson, Ron Livingston, Danny Pudi, Sterling Beaumon, Jeremy Howard
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Writer: Jenée LaMarque
Director of Photography: Polly Morgan
Editor: Kiran Pallegadda

“The Feels” by Jenée LaMarque (2017)

The Feels

Another approach to ‘a young woman in search of her identity’ / Team work gives a very nice ‘feel’ to the movie

Cast: Constance Wu, Josh Fadem, Jenée LaMarque
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Writers: Jenée LaMarque, Lauren Parks
Music by Julian Wass
Cinematography by Kristin Fieldhouse
Film Editing by Steph Zenee Perez

“Brief Encounters” by Kira Muratova (Russia, 1967)

Non-U.S. female directors

Brief Encounters

Muratova’s images have their own language, her dialogues are very poetic – although at times obscure – and the abrupt cuts do not hinder the continuity. Original and powerful!

Cast: Nina Ruslanova, Vladimir Vysotsky, Kira Muratova, Yelena Bazilskaya, Olga Vikland, Aleksei Glazyrin, Valeri Isakov
Director: Kira Muratova
Screenplay: Kira Muratova, Leonid Zhukhovitsky
Dir. of Photography: Gennadi Karyuk
Music: Oleg Karavaichuk, Vladimir Vysotsky
Editor: O. Kharakova