FRANCE – Review by Leslie Combemale

France is meant to be a satire on fame, celebrity, and the blind adulation of news personalities and their takes on the news, and as such, it’s certainly interesting. Lea Seydoux excels at being at once beautiful, inscrutable, and magnetic as France de Meurs, a fictional celebrity newscaster, clearly designed in the vein of Christiane Amanpour. De Meurs, however, proves to be manipulative, self-absorbed, and shallow.

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JOAN OF ARC – Review by Diane Carson

Imaginative telling is the reason for revisiting the celebrated story of Joan, burned at the stake in 1431 as a heretic at age 19. Director Bruno Dumont stages his Joan as a series of theatrical exchanges with talking and singing about battles that are presented as equestrian ballets, mockery of the church interrogators and jumping ahead over action scenes described but always unseen.

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