“Jasper Jones” by Rachel Perkins (Australia, 2017)

 

Jasper Jones

Interesting representation of teenagers rejecting the crooked ways of the significant adults around them.
NOTICED (SPOILER): One mother betrays her husband. Another one destroys evidence to protect hers. In the end, it leaves two children betrayed by their mothers.
The musical score is too omnipresent. 

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writers: Shaun Grant, Craig Silvey (story)
Music by Antony Partos
Cinematography by Mark Wareham
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet

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“Cezanne And I” by Danièle Thompson (France, 2016)

Cezanne And I by Daniele Thompson (France, 2016)

Cast: Guillaume Gallienne, Guillaume Canet, Alice Pol, Déborah François, Sabine Azéma
Director: Danièle Thompson
Writer: Danièle Thompson
Cinematographer: Jean-Marie Dreujou
Editor: Sylvie Landra
Composer: Éric Neveux

“The Selfish Giant” by Clio Barnard (UK, 2013)

The Selfish Giant

Wow!

Cast: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield
Director: Clio Barnard
Writer: Clio Barnard, inspired by ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde
Music by Harry Escott
Cinematography by Mike Eley
Film Editing by Nick Fenton

“One Week Friends” by Shôsuke Murakami (Japan, 2017)

One Week Friends

The world of Japanese high school teenagers: their preoccupations are recognizable, but they somehow differ on the values on which they build their relationships

Cast: Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Seika Furuhata
Director: Shôsuke Murakami
Writer: Matcha Hazuki (manga)
Music by Yutaka Yamada

“Breathe” (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

“Before I Fall” (Ry Russo-Young, USA 2017)

Before I Fall

Variation on Groundhog Day. Lots of quality but some weaknesses in the scenario

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Elena Kampouris, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Jennifer Beals, Kian Lawley, Liv Hewson
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer (novel): Lauren Oliver
Writer: Maria Maggenti
Cinematographer: Michael Fimognari
Editor: Joe Landauer
Composer: Adam Taylor

“Lovesong” (Son Yong Kim, USA 2016)

Lovesong

A finely chiseled description of a friendship between two women. Excellent direction and performances

Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette
Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard, Guy Godfree
Editor: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson