Paula Van Der Oest, director (1): Moonlight (NL, 2002)

Moonlight

The beginning is full of humor, suspense and provocation,  but leads nowhere. Weak scenario.

Actors: Hunter Bussemaker, Franck Sasonoff, Andrew Howard
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Carel Donck
Music by Fons Merkies
Cinematography by Guido van Gennep
Film Editing by Sander Vos

 

Love Like Poison / Un Poison Violent (Katell Guillévéré, France 2010)

Love Like Poison

A 14-year old girl tries to deal with the conflict created by her nascent sexual desire and her faith. The significant others in her life are clearly divided into two groups. The non-believers are all male (father, grandpa, boyfriend) and all clearly express their desires. The believers on the other hand (the mother, the girl, and the priest) all have to repress their desires in order to comply with the dogma imposed by their religion.
Incongruous music

Actors: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert (collaboration), Katell Quillévéré
Music: Olivier Mellano
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Editing: Thomas Marchand

Breathe / Respire (Mélanie Laurent, France 2014)

Breathe

A friendship between two girls (one introvert, one extrovert) turns to a complete misunderstanding.

Cast: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré, Roxane Duran
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Screenplay: Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent / Novel: Anne-Sophie Brasme
Director of Photography: Arnaud Potier
Editor: Guerric Catala
Music: Marc Chouarain

The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, USA 2015)

The Fits

A mysterious and fascinating movie, though at times the tension falls away

Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Makyla Burnam, Da’Sean Minor, Inayah Rodgers, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., Lauren Gibson
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Writer: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff
Cinematographer: Paul Yee
Editor: Saela Davis
Composer: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans