“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


“Lady Bird” by Greta Gerwig (USA, 2017)

Lady Bird

Nuanced approach of all the things on which the life of a teenage girl is built / Excellent acting, great editing! However, a too “uniquely American” comedy, as Christopher Gray puts it.

Cast:  Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Cinematographer: Sam Levy
Editor: Nick Houy
Composer: Jon Brion

“Lifted” by Lexi Alexander (USA, 2010)



A movie dedicated to the “fallen heroes” of Afghanistan and Iraq, praising patriotism and religion, but also showing those left behind who struggle to survive in affluent America.

Director: Lexi Alexander
Writer: Lexi Alexander
Cast: Nicki Aycox, Uriah Shelton, Dash Mihok
Music by Kurt Farquhar
Cinematography by David Brower
Film Editing by Gregory Nussbaum

“Love Is Thicker Than Water” by Emily Harris & Ate de Jong (UK, 2016)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Love Is Thicker Than Water

Great female lead, good humor, surprising editing

Cast: Lydia Wilson, Johnny Flynn, Ellie Kendrick
Directors: Emily Harris, Ate de Jong
Writer: Ate de Jong
Cinematography by Zoran Veljkovic
Film Editing by Brent Backhus, Antonio Rui Ribeiro

“It’s Complicated” by Nancy Meyers (USA, 2009)

It's Complicated



Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers
Music by Heitor Pereira; co-composer: Hans Zimmer
Cinematography by John Toll
Film Editing by Joe Hutshing, David Moritz

“Plush” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2013)


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

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


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