Eva Vitja on researching and reframing Patricia Highsmith in LOVING HIGHSMITH – Nadine Whitney interviews

Swiss filmmaker Eva Vitja Loving Highsmith takes us through the contradictions of famed but reclusive author Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith’s reputation as a difficult and anti-social woman who battled with depression and social ostracism for her sexuality and later with some deeply controversial views is given a new prism through which to view and understand Highsmith’s mercurial nature.

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LOVING HIGHSMITH – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Social-climbing killer Tom Ripley is one of the most memorable characters in all of fiction, one who has been memorialized on the silver screen several times. The genius behind his creation, Patricia Highsmith, was a well-known, successful writer at the very beginning of her career, when her debut novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), was optioned by Alfred Hitchcock for his masterful 1951 film of the same name.

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DEEP WATER – Review by Susan Granger

Director Adrian Lyne built his reputation on kinky, erotic thrillers like 9 ½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Unfaithful, so it’s not surprising that he capitalized on the off-camera romance between Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas to take advantage of their sexual chemistry in this sizzler. Problem is: as a psychosexual whodunit, the perverse plot makes no sense whatever.

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CAROL – Review by Loren King

Carol begins in the days leading to Christmas — all those reds and greens!— because the lonely season is a fitting time for two longing souls to meet and fall in love. Carol is a Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope — as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 17-November 23: CAROL

Opening November 20, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Carol, director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There sumptuous new drama staring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who are drawn to each other in the strict moral landscape of 1950s New York. Read on…

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