Tag Archives: abuse

"Night Comes On" by Jordana Spiro (2018)

first feature

Night Comes On
Tightly knit, compact, homogeneous, and yet provides space for our imagination
Great direction!
Cast: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella
Director: Jordana Spiro
Writer: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu
Music: Matthew Robert Cooper
Director of Photography: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle
Editor: Taylor Levy

“Pure” by Lisa Langseth (Sweden, 2010)


Outstanding acting by Vikander / a not really focused and a bit chaotic musical choice / original title: To What’s Beautiful

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Samuel Fröler, Josephine Bauer
Director: Lisa Langseth
Writer: Lisa Langseth
Music by Per-Erik Winberg
Cinematography by Simon Pramsten
Film Editing by Malin Lindström

“A Perfect Ending” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2012)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

A Perfect Ending

An unnecessary soapy script saved by good acting and directing, and the surprising editing / Shunned by critics

Cast: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Bob Fowler, Stephen Ridley
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn

“The Glass Castle” by Destin Cretton (USA, 2017)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

The Glass Castle

Love your father no matter what / You can’t live with yourself and reject where you come from… These are a few of the messages in this ode to the family that is in fact a glorification of patriarchy and that ends in syrupy sentimentality / Ill-adapted flashbacks

Cast: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Ella Anderson, Sarah Snook, Olivia Kate Rice, Dominic Bogart Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Sadie Sink
Director: Destin Cretton
Writer (based upon the book by) Jeannette Walls
Writer: Destin Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak
Editor: Nat Sanders
Composer: Joel P. West

“Sherrybaby” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2006)


First feature / Excellent performance, fine soundtrack, strong message on the consequences of child abuse among others

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Laurie Collyer
Music by Jack Livesey
Cinematography by Russell Lee Fine
Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton, Joe Landauer

“Alias Grace” by Mary Harron (Canada, 2017)

Alias Grace

The many facets of truth!
Gender roles in Victorian Canada / Excellent female lead

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, David Cronenberg, Anna Paquin
Director: Mary Harron
Script: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley
Cinematography: Brendan Steacy
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

“The Paradise Suite” (Joost van Winkel, Netherlands 2015)

The Paradise Suite

Intense and raw
The fact that one group of personages is not thematically connected to the others somewhat weakens the script and its message.

Actors: Anjela Nedyalkova, Boris Isakovic, Erik Adelöw
Director: Joost van Ginkel
Writer: Joost van Ginkel
Music: Alexander Doychev, Bram Meindersma
Cinematography: Andréas Lennartsson
Editing: Teun Rietveld, Bob Soetekouw, Joost van Ginkel, Wouter van Luijn

“Frank & Lola” (Matthew Ross, USA 2016)


strongest: originality + direction + music + minorities
weakest: message

Cast: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos
Director: Matthew M. Ross
Writer: Matthew M. Ross
Cinematographer: Eric Koretz
Editor: Jennifer Lilly, Rebecca Rodriguez
Composer: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans