“Becoming Burlesque” by Jackie English (2017)

Week of first features

Becoming BurlesqueTop score: gender (10)

A somewhat amateuristic script and direction, but a joyful atmosphere

Cast: Shiva Negar, Elise Bauman, Alli Chung
Director: Jackie English
Writer: Jackie English
Music by Bruce Fowler, Keegan Jessamy, Bryce Mitchell
Cinematography by Clement Lush
Film Editing by Paul Whitehead
Art Direction by Kei Yano


“The Texture of Falling” by Maria Allred (2018)

Week of first features

The Texture of FallingTop score: images (8)

Pretentiously fractured storytelling in which the personages are left in the cold
On the positive side, the camera work (Maria Allred) and the musical score (one thing Maria Allred didn’t do :)) nicely support the (fractured) storytelling

Cast: Maria Allred, Benjamin Farmer, Damien Genardi
Director: Maria Allred
Writer: Maria Allred
Music by Daniel John Riddle
Cinematography by Maria Allred
Film Editing by Maria Allred

“Invisible” by Michal Aviad (2011)

Week of first features

InvisibleTop score: gender, message (10)

Two women who have been raped by the same serial rapist meet years later and try to come to term with the past.
Invisible shows the lack of recognition victims of a traumatic events experience: all the attention – in the media, the justice system, etc. – goes to perpetrators, and none to the victims – a systematic attitude that New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has courageously confronted after the Christchurch attack…

Cast: Evgenia Dodina, Ronit Elkabetz, Sivan Levy
Director: Michal Aviad
Writers: Michal Aviad, Omer Tal
Cinematography by Guy Raz
Film Editing by Era Lapid

“Tengri: Le Bleu Du Ciel” by Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville (2008)

Week of first features

TengriTop score: direction, images, music, gender, minorities (10)

An isolated village in the Kyrgyz mountains: while men drink, women suffer daily abuse but still poetically fantasize about love
One of them, married to a religious but violent soldier falls in love with a stranger. They run away…
Extraordinary landscapes and traditionnal music

Cast: Albina Imasheva, Elim Kalmouratov, Hélène Patarot
Director: Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville
Writers: Jean-François Goyet, Azamat Kadyraliev, Marie-Jaoul de Poncheville
Music by Birgit Løkke, Nikolai Marousitch
Cinematography by Sylvie Carcedo, Assan Imanaliev
Film Editing by Catherine Quesemand

“Three Wishes” by Martha Coolidge (1995)

The work of Martha Coolidge (5/6)

Fridays Classics

Three WishesTop score: gender (9)

With very good dialogues, the film escapes clichés in situations where they would be expected – a characteristics of Martha Coolidge’s movies
Only disappointing perspective, the movie is an eloge to the (nuclear) family

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Patrick Swayze, Seth Mumy, Joseph Mazzello
Directed by Martha Coolidge
Written by Elizabeth Anderson
Music by Cynthia Millar
Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen
Film Editing by Steven Cohen

“All That Matters Is Past” by Sara Johnsen (2012)

Sara Johnsen (3/3)

all that matters is pastTop score: message (10)

A complex story in which the personages who seem to be victims are responsible and those who seem to be responsible might just be victims
Almost exclusively filmed in the wilderness
The Norwegian title ‘Uskyld’ means “innocence”

Cast: Maria Bonnevie, Inga Berger Schou, Tea Sandanger
Director: Sara Johnsen
Writer: Sara Johnsen
Music by Fernando Velázquez
Cinematography by John Andreas Andersen
Film Editing by Zaklina Stojcevska

“Upperdog” by Sara Johnsen (2009)

Sara Johnsen (2/3)

UpperdogTop score: direction, minorities (10)

Two young very vulnerable men, and two young and strong women
Guilt, a theme already present in Sara Johnsen’s previous movie, was then centered on a woman, whereas the man with whom she had a relationship mitigated her feeling of guilt. The gender roles are now reversed: the guilt and trauma that both men carry with them are tempered by the women with whom they have a relationship.
A cleverly constructed story, a strong direction, and interesting (contemporary) personages, with a fantastic Agnieszka Grochowsk and a surprising musical score.
The absence of critic reviews is shameful! A movie worth resurrecting!

Cast: Hermann Sabado, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Director: Sara Johnsen
Writer: Sara Johnsen
Music by Marcus Paus
Cinematography by John Andreas Andersen
Film Editing by Zaklina Stojcevska