Paula Van Der Oest, director (2): “Lucia de B.” (NL, 2014)

lucia de b

A case of corruption and power in modern-day Netherlands

Actors: Marwan Kenzari, Jochum ten Haaf, Barry Atsma
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writers: Moniek Kramer, Tijs van Marle
Music by Adam Nordén
Cinematography by Guido van Gennep
Film Editing by Marcel Wijninga


“Brain On Fire” (Gerard Barrett, USA 2016)

brain on fire

Actors: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage
Director: Gerard Barrett
Writers: Gerard Barrett (screenplay), Susannah Cahalan (memoir)
Music: John Paesano
Cinematography: Yaron Orbach
Editing: JC Bond

“Miracles From Heaven” (Patricia Riggen, USA 2016)

Miracles From Heaven

A tearjerker/feel good movie. It’s a pity its message is not more universal, its main ingredient, faith, being considered to be a monopoly of the church.

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino, Courtney Fansler, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez, Kelly Collins Lintz, John Carroll Lynch
Director: Patricia Riggen
Writer (book): Christy Beam
Writer: Randy Brown
Cinematographer: Checco Varese
Editor: Emma E. Hickox
Composer: Carlo Siliotto

“Evolution” (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France 2015)


strong images and silences punctuated by sparse dialogues

The total absence of explanation allows the viewer to create his/her own story, a magnificent present, but difficult to carry out. See mine below.

Beware: spoilers ahead!

My story. An island serves as a prison for a group of women. They are all the same age and do not grow old. Each woman has a boy to fulfill her maternal desires. The boys are all the same age, but are human, thus growing old. For that reason, they must be constantly medicated and operated to prevent them from reaching puberty. The nurse who takes care of the young Nicolas bonds with him and helps him to escape.
The sea – the magnificent images sharply contrast with the colorless and lifeless prison-island – represents the living world to which Nicolas belongs.

Cast: Max Brebant, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Roxane Duran, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard
Director: Lucile Hadžihalilovic
Writers: Lucile Hadžihalilovic, Alante Kavaite
Cinematographer: Manuel Dacosse
Editor: Nassim Gordji Tehrani
Composer: Jesús Díaz