SATURN BOWLING – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

More a character study than a thriller, the moody drama Saturn Bowling has something it wants to say about hunters and prey, but the references are heavy-handed and the message muddy. This sluggish film follows two half-brothers on opposite sides of the law: Guillaume, a successful detective, and Armand, a nascent serial killer. Aside from the contrived setup—guess whose slayings Guillaume investigates?—the film spins its wheels through one tangent too many.

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HOLD ME TIGHT – Review by Diane Carson

From the opening moments of Hold Me Tight (Serre moi fort), French director Mathieu Amalric invites us to put assorted jigsaw puzzle pieces together. Soon revealed as the mother of son Paul and daughter Lucie, Clarisse sits before a dozen face down photos which she turns up and then back to face down, repeating angrily, Let’s start again.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 9, 2022: HOLD ME TIGHT

Haunting, engrossing, mysterious — the one thing that director Mathieu Amalric’s melancholy drama Hold Me Tight never is, is predictable. It will keep you guessing and hypothesizing until its final scenes. And thanks to Vicky Krieps’ magnetic performance as Clarisse, a conflicted French wife and mother who abruptly leaves her family early one morning (or does she?), it offers a poignant meditation on the nature of memory and loss, identity and purpose.

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