“Furlough” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2018)

Furlough

Like in Sherrybaby – a convicted woman and her child – but set in a comedy
Funny but a few scenes are way too far-fetched

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Anna Paquin, Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Barry Strugatz
Music by Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography by Berenice Eveno
Film Editing by Jesse Gordon

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“Endless Love” by Shana Feste (USA, 2014)

Endless Love

Variation on a theme already found in Shana Feste’s The Greatest: a family mourns their deceased son / love introduced by a new personage brings the mourning process to a conclusion
Some good moments in an otherwise syrupy and predictable movie

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, Robert Patrick, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Anna Enger
Director: Shana Feste
Writer: Shana Feste, Joshua Safran
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by Maryann Brandon

“The Greatest” by Shana Feste (USA, 2009)

The Greatest

First feature /  A family mourns their son. The arrival of the girl he loved accelerates the mourning process. See also Endless Love.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Morton, Michael Shannon
Written and directed by Shana Feste
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by John Bailey
Film Editing by Cara Silverman

“Imitation Girl” by Natasha Kermani (USA, 2017)

Imitation Girl

Some beautiful scenes, a somewhat obscure ending

Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Adam David Thompson
Director: Natasha Kermani
Writer: Natasha Kermani
Music by Kevin Hufnagel, Natasha Kermani
Cinematography by Travis Tips
Film Editing by Gabriel de Urioste

“Artemisia” by Agnès Merlet (France, 1997)

Artemisia

At times amateurish

Cast: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti, Emmannuelle Devos
Written and Directed by Agnes Merlet
Music by Krishna Levy
Cinematography by Benoît Delhomme
Film Editing by Guy Lecorne, Daniele Sordoni

“Tiny Furniture” by Lena Dunham (USA, 2010)

Tiny Furniture

The pathetic days of a young woman in search of love and affection who is rejected by everyone / difficult to get emotionally involved in the lead personage
The director, her mother and her sister are playing their respective roles.

Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, Rachel Howe, David Call
Written and directed by Lena Dunham
Music by Teddy Blanks
Cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes
Film Editing by Lance Edmands

“Sleeping Beauty” by Julia Leigh (Australia, 2011)

Sleeping Beauty

A beautiful young woman – student, waitress, and office girl – has to use her body as a prostitute, for medical experiments, and as a sex object to make ends meet.

Cast: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie
Director: Julia Leigh
Writer: Julia Leigh (screenplay)
Music by Ben Frost
Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson
Film Editing by Nick Meyers