BREATHE (RESPIRE) — Review by Courtney Howard

breathe posterMélanie Laurent has proven herself to be a multi-faceted personality. Not only is she a superb actress, appearing in such films as Inglorious Basterds and Beginners, she’s also a skillful storyteller with her work behind the camera. Her feature length directorial debut, The Adopted (Les Adoptés), is tender and touching, bursting with earned emotion. It reminds us of the preciousness and fragility of life. I found myself haunted and moved to tears by its beauty and strength. Her sophomore feature, Breathe (Respire), is equally as feminine and authentic, but demonstrates far more assured filmmaking. Continue reading…

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Review: “Le Havre” – Jennifer Merin

This Finnish-French dramady is neither directed by a woman nor about women and women‘s issues. The film transcends gender profiling. It is, put simply, human and humane. And, it is one of the few movies I’ve seen recently that has made me truly gleeful and profoundly proud that I am of our species.

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