“Alias Grace” by Mary Harron (Canada, 2017)

Alias Grace

The many facets of truth!
Gender roles in Victorian Canada / Excellent female lead

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, David Cronenberg, Anna Paquin
Director: Mary Harron
Script: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley
Cinematography: Brendan Steacy
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

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“Maudie” by Aisling Walsh (Ireland, 2016)

Maudie

Happiness doesn’t need much and can be learned.
One negative point: Ethan Hawke doesn’t fit the personage.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett, Kari Matchett
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Sherry White
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree
Editor: Stephen O’Connell
Composer: Michael Timmins

“The Nativity Story” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2006)

The Nativity Story

Besides the difficulties Mary has in her village for being pregnant without having ‘known a man’, nothing in this movie brings any inspiration to a story that certainly needs a more critical approach. The church music sinks the movie irredeemably.

Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: Mike Rich
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography by Elliot Davis
Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert, Stuart Levy

“The Journey Is the Destination” by Bronwen Hughes (South Africa, 2016)

The Journey Is the Destination by Bronwen Hughes (2016)

The black-and-white ideological journey of a young reporter / Very active camera

Cast: Maria Bello, Kelly Macdonald, Ella Purnell
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Bronwen Hughes, Jan Sardi
Cinematography by Giulio Biccari
Film Editing by Robert Ivison, Natan Moss

“Stefan Zweig Farewell to Europe” by Maria Schrader (Austria, 2016)

Stefan Zweig Farewell to Europe by Maria Schrader (2016)

Still wondering what the director’s intention was

Actors: Barbara Sukowa, Tómas Lemarquis,Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Director: Maria Schrader
Writers: Maria Schrader (screenplay), Jan Schomburg(screenplay)
Music by Cornelius Renz, Tobias Wagner
Cinematography by Wolfgang Thaler
Film Editing by Hansjörg Weißbrich

“A Quiet Passion” (Terence Davies, USA 2016)

A Quiet Passion

The periods succeed each other without indication of a transition in time. The pace in the end becomes ever so slow and the rich but affected dialogues sound unnatural. However, the extraordinary poems of Emily Dickinson enlighten the movie.

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Cinematographer: Florian Hoffmeister
Editor: Pia Di Ciaula