“Plush” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2013)

Plush

Good music, but lacks unity

Cast: Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet, Dawn Olivieri, Frances Fisher, Thomas Dekker, Marlene Forte, Kennedy Waite, Kimiko Gelman, Christopher Craven
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: Catherine Hardwicke, Arty Nelson
Music by Nick Launay, Ming Vauz
Cinematography by Daniel Moder
Film Editing by Julia Wong

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Sharasojyu (Shara) by Naomi Kawase (Japan, 2003)

Sharasojyu

Structure, personages, scarce dialogues with the story being told through the images, blending of anthropological veracity and sensitivity are very similar to those found in Moe No Suzaku.

Cast: Kohei Fukungaga, Yuka Hyyoudo, Naomi Kawase
Director: Naomi Kawase
Writer: Naomi Kawase
Music by Ua
Cinematography by Yutaka Yamazaki
Film Editing by Shôtarô Anraku, Naomi Kawase, Tomoh Sanjo

“Sairat” by Nagraj Manjule (India, 2016)

Sairat

Could have been an hour shorter / humor disappears halfway

Cast: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar, Arbaz Shaikh
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writers: Nagraj Manjule (story and screenplay), Nagraj Manjule (dialogue)
Music by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Cinematography by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Film Editing by Kutub Inamdar

“First They Killed My Father” by Angelina Jolie (USA, 2017)

First They Killed My Father

“That this movie even exists is a small miracle. That it seems to have been made without compromise and largely without ego makes it even more rare.” Matt Zoller Seitz. RobertEbert.com, September 15, 2017

Cast: Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Sareum Srey Moch
Director: Angelina Jolie
Writer Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung; based on the book by Loung Ung
Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle
Editor: Xavier Box, Patricia Rommel
Composer: Marco Beltrami

“Suzaku” (Moe No Suzaku) by Naomi Kawase (Japan, 1997)

Moe No Suzaku

A look both anthropological and sensitive on the disappearance of traditional life in the Japanese mountains – The dialogues are sparse, but the leitmotifs guide us. Solid camera work

Cast: Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Sachiko Izumi
Director: Naomi Kawase
Writer: Naomi Kawase
Music by Masamichi Shigeno
Cinematography by Masaki Tamura
Film Editing by Shûichi Kakesu

“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

“Suzanne” (Katell Quillévéré, France 2013)

 

Suzanne

L’amour fou – Strong structure, sustained tempo, flawless

Actors: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert, Katell Quillévéré
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Editing: Thomas Marchand