“Waitress” by Adrienne Shelly (USA, 2007)


Good direction and dialogues, funny

Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Writer: Adrienne Shelly
Music by Andrew Hollander
Cinematography by Matthew Irving
Film Editing by Annette Davey


“The Party” by Sally Potter (UK, 2017)

The Work of Sally Potter

The Party

Good use of space, great acting, theatrical (unity of space, time and action)

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall
Director: Sally Potter
Writer: Sally Potter
Cinematographer: Aleksei Rodionov
Editor: Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn

“Bitch” by Marianna Palka (USA, 2017)


A wife who’s treated like a dog by her family becomes a dog
Unfortunately, just like her previous feature, this original idea with good humor doesn’t bring us anywhere. Interesting use of sound

Cast: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster
Director: Marianna Palka
Writer: Marianna Palka
Cinematographer: Armando Salas
Editor: Brett W. Bachman
Composer: Morgan z Whirledge

“Good Dick” by Marianna Palka (USA, 2008)

Good Dick

An interesting and original story but an abrupt and unconvincing end

Cast: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Eric Edelstein
Director: Marianna Palka
Writer: Marianna Palka
Music by Jared Nelson Smith
Cinematography by Andre Lascaris
Film Editing by Christopher Kroll

“Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade (Germany, 2016)

Toni Erdmann (2)

Very surprising movie / Strong direction
A father and a daughter who haven’t much to say to each other, a
 father and a daughter that so much separates and that so much unites.

Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Lucy Russell, Vlad Ivanov, Hadewych Minis
Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Cinematographer: Patrick Orth
Editor: Heike Parplies

“Everyone Else” by Maren Ade (Germany, 2009)

Everyone Else

The love relationship between Gitty and Chris is defined by a fierce drive towards independence and a communion of every moment at the same time. It is opposed to the relationship between Sanna and Hans, which is defined as Sanna being subjected to the patriarchal principles of Hans.

Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka
Directed by Maren Ade
Written by Maren Ade
Cinematography by Bernhard Keller
Film Editing by Heike Parplies

“Infinitely Polar Bear” by Maya Forbes (USA, 2014)

First feature

Infinitely Polar Bear

Many good things about this movie: good humor, good dialogues, very good acting by Ruffalo. Add to this the efficient way to stage multiple facets about minorities  (depressed parent, mixed-race family, single father household, etc,).
The way the two daughters evolve and learn how to cope with their lovable but manic-depressive father is remarkable.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Keir Dullea, Beth Dixon, Georgia Lyman
Director: Maya Forbes
Writer: Maya Forbes
Director of Photography: Bobby Bukowski
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Film Editing by Michael R. Miller