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

Split (Deborah Kampmeier, USA 2016)

Split

A most intelligent cry of revolt against violence perpetrated on women

SPOILERS AHEAD
Inanna (Amy Ferguson) joins an experimental theater group that works on the Mesopotamian myth of Inanna, and more specifically on the liberation of enslaved women. After a few rehearsals, she comes to the conclusion that she does not possess the primal rage and the raw longing for freedom that the other women in the play possess. In a most upsetting scene, these women tell how they have been victims of extreme sexualized violence.
At the same time, Inanna falls head over heels in love with Derek, a mask maker (Morgan Spector), and marries him. Right from the start, she adapts her life to his, while he refuses to change anything in his own life. He doesn’t even stop the affair he had with his assistant (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), claiming that she was there first.
Inanna soon realizes that she is losing her identity while getting nothing in return. Profoundly wounded and feeling like drowning, she is now able to express the primal rage and the raw longing for freedom that the play requires from her.

Cast: Amy Ferguson, Morgan Spector, Anna Mouglalis
Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Writers: Deborah Kampmeier, Deborah Kampmeier
Music: Leslie Graves, Michelangelo Sosnowitz
Cinematography: Alison Kelly
Editing: Siobhan Dunne

Divines (Houda Benyamina, France 2016)

Divines

In a Parisian ‘hot’ suburb, drug distribution, blackmail, and violence are controlled by women. Strong performances.

Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel
Director: Houda Benyamina
Writer: Houda Benyamina
Music: Demusmaker
Cinematography: Julien Poupard
Editing: Loïc Lallemand , Vincent Tricon

Innocence (Lucille Hadzihalilovic, France 2004)

innocence

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Writers: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Frank Wedekind (novel)
Cast: Zoé Auclair, Lea Bridarolli, Bérangère Haubruge
Music: Richard Cooke
Cinematography: Benoît Debie
Editing: Adam Finch

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, USA 2016)

la-la-land

excellent music
weak script

No good movie can be made on a bad script!

Beloved reader, please DO NOT READ further! If you have seen the movie and enjoyed it – like everyone else seems to have – don’t read further, I might spoil your pleasure.

If you haven’t seen the movie, do like everybody else: enjoy it.

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