KEEP AN EYE OUT – Review by Diane Carson

Experiencing the wildly inventive world of writer/director Quentin Dupieux’s Au poste!, translated as Keep an Eye Out, I had to abandon anticipated conventions of film comedy. And yet, laughing out loud, I happily embraced Dupieux’s surreal absurdity and creative storytelling produced on a miniscule $624,000 budget, set primarily in Chief Inspector Buron’s cluttered office, with only three main characters.

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UN FILM DRAMATIQUE – Review by Diane Carson

Director Éric Baudelaire’s Un Film Dramatique is indeed a film. However, it isn’t dramatic. More accurate descriptive words are unsatisfying, annoying, and, occasionally, mildly amusing. That’s not surprising since twenty-one children in the multiracial Dora Maar Middle School in St. Denis, France, shot the documentary as a class project over four years.

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TWO OF US – Review by Diane Carson

Filippo Meneghetti has crafted an elegant, sophisticated narrative in Two of Us. In contrast to lesbian stories centering on young women, co-writers Meneghetti and Malysone Bovorasmy present two widows, Mado and Nina, both in their seventies. They’ve been lovers for two decades, but secretly because of Mado’s fear of her daughter Anne’s and son Frederic’s reactions.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 5, 2021: TWO OF US

Boasting powerful performances by stars Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier, Two of Us is a poignant, empathetic drama about two aging women who live in Paris whose love has lasted for decades but who’ve never felt free to live the life they dream of. Nina (Sukowa) and Madeline (Chevallier) don’t have especially ambitious goals for their retirement: All they want is to live together, openly, in Rome, as the couple they’ve been in secret for so long.

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SAVAGE STATE – Review by Marina Antunes

French writer/director David Perrault’s Savage State is a gorgeously realized drama about a family living in Missouri at the onset of the Civil War. Determined to follow Napoleon’s orders to remain neutral in the battle, and with rising tensions and violence in the city, the family patriarch hires a guide to escort the family to the East coast so they can flee to Paris.

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TWO OF US – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Filippo Meneghetti rarely takes a wrong emotional turn with this story of long-time female lovers who are able to keep their relationship on the down-low given their living circumstances. The sweet-natured widow Madeline (Martine Chevallier) is able to hide the fact that she and the much more brazen and younger Nina are a couple since they dwell in adjacent domiciles on the top floor of an apartment building.

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JUST DON’T THINK I’LL SCREAM – Review by Diane Carson

With text on screen before any image appears in Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream, writer/director Frank Beauvais writes, “I watched over 400 films between April and October 2016. This footage comes from them.” This information in no way prepares viewers for the overwhelming onslaught of thousands of shots, a mere few seconds each, that follows for seventy-five minutes in this impressionistic documentary..

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 6, 2020: PROXIMA

Alice Winocour’s drama Proxima may be about a woman who’s getting ready to head to space, but it’s the very earthly ties that bind us to this planet — and to each other — that are at the heart of this thoughtful film. Starring Eva Green as French astronaut Sarah Loreau, Proxima explores the intersection of professional ambition and motherhood in a way that will ring true for anyone who’s ever had to balance personal and professional demands.

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