LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER – Review by Diane Carson

What distinguishes Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s new version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is her explicit portrayal of overpowering female lust, along with explosive issues still relevant. They include: class divisions, male dominance and victimization of workers, and subservience of women through control of their bodies and behavior, in part because of gossip, ostracism, and shame. In addition, multiple dysfunctional relationships contrast with Lady Chatterley and Oliver, who himself has an ex-wife demanding financial support.

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LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER – Review by Rachel West

French actress-turned-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Mustang) delivers an affair to remember in her new Netflix adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s classic tale. The film succeeds on the red-hot chemistry between leads Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell in the (many) sex scenes. While mostly faithful to Lawrence’s novel and even previous adaptations, de Clermont-Tonnerre films the story from Connie’s point of view, as a journey of personal erotic awakening.

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Telluride Film Fest 2022: A Woman’s Wrap – Diane Carson reports

Over Labor Day weekend, the 49th Telluride Film Festival presented thought-provoking films to its full complement of attendees, a nice rebound from the all-mask 2021 event. As always, no one could come close to seeing all the enticing films on offer, so tough choices and constant second guessing rules. This year women directed and dominated exceptionally strong selections that tell stories of quite different time periods and subjects. Intelligently and insightfully observing internal and external struggles, revealing the specificity of contemporary and historical pressures (so remarkably relevant today), the fest’s films reached out and inspired as they informed. We are, indeed, a global community.

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THE MUSTANG – Review by Diane Carson

Taming wild animals—human or equine—demands incredible patience as demonstrated in director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s The Mustang, which draws on Wild Horse Inmate Programs that pair hard-core prisoners with mustangs. A designated inmate trains his assigned horse for auction. The sale money funds the ongoing Mustang project.

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