“Totally True Love” by Anne Sewitsky (2011)

Love obeys no rules
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A good movie about another reality of love – that of a ten-year old girl for a boy in her class – within the intense but hard and unforgivable setting of prepubescent girls

Cast: Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd, Otto Garli, Aurora Bach Rodal
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Writers: Vigdis Hjorth (novel), Kamilla Krogsveen (screenplay)
Music by Marcel Noll
Cinematography by Anna Myking


“Happy, Happy” by Anne Sewitsky (2010)

Love obeys no rules
Three movies by Anne Sewitsky (1)

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happy, happy

A movie during which all the personages transgress their initial love-sex relationships.
Some loose ends and sketchy personages, but a self-assured touch and a sense of emotional drama with lots of potential.
Great use of music although the (musical) message has not been thoroughly thought of.
Winner of Sundance’s grand jury prize for world cinema, “Happy, Happy” is a very strange film. Yet I was happy to be watching. It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere.” [Roger Ebert]

Cast: Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens
Directed by Anne Sewitsky
Written by Ragnhild Tronvoll
Music by Stein Berge Svendsen
Cinematography by Anna Myking
Film Editing by Christoffer Heie

“Me Without You” by Sandra Goldbacher (2001)

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A young woman has to break away from a lifelong but toxic friendship
Consistent personages and well-handled plot, but the musical choice is at times obnoxious (see The Governess)
As in her first feature, Jewish identity and high education characterize Goldbacher’s female lead.

Cast: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Oliver Milburn, Kyle MacLachlan, Trudie Styler, Marianne Denicourt
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher
Written by Laurence Coriat, Sandra Goldbacher
Music by Adrian Johnston, Amy Odell
Cinematography by Denis Crossan
Film Editing by Michael Ellis

“Losing Ground” by Kathleen Collins (1982)

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The acting is at times a bit clumsy and the personages stretched, but nevertheless interesting: leads possess charm, the music is sensual
Kathleen Collins comes very close to succeeding in combining intellectual dialogues and sensuality
“Hazily fixated on the phantoms of the past, Losing Ground is now itself a relic of such a time, an unfortunate memory of the continued ignorance of so many talented, unfairly marginalized voices.” [Jesse Cataldo]

Cast: Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones
Director: Kathleen Collins
Writer: Kathleen Collins
Music by Michael Minard
Cinematography by Ronald K. Gray
Film Editing by Kathleen Collins, Ronald K. Gray

“The Last Days Of Chez Nous” by Gillian Armstrong (1992)

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the last days of chez nous

Intricate love relationships between a man and a woman as a couple, between two sisters, between a daughter and her father, between a teenager during her first kiss… Many facets, few certitudes…
A very dynamic direction with a Godard touch … and a subtle sense of humor!
“The Last Days of Chez Nous” is a drama, and so none of the characters play their expected parts, and what we get is astonishing: movie characters who think for themselves.” [Roger Ebert]

Cast: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Helen Garner
Music by Paul Grabowsky
Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson
Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Susan Johnson (2018)

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At times funny but a pointless setup and a very weak emotional content
Disappointing second feature

Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, Janel Parrish, John Corbett, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac
Director: Susan Johnson
Novel: Jenny Han
Music by Joe Wong
Cinematography by Michael Fimognari
Film Editing by Phillip J. Bartell, Joe Klotz

“Wakefield” by Robin Swicord (2016)


Story of a man who decides to disappear… It takes him months to make peace with himself and to return to his former life.
As in her first feature, Robin Swicord’s take on gender roles in Wakefield supports a very traditional, patriarchal standpoint.

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo, Ian Anthony Dale, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ellery Sprayberry, Victoria Bruno
Director: Robin Swicord
Writer: E.L. Doctorow, Robin Swicord
Cinematographer: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz
Editor: Matt Maddox
Composer: Aaron Zigman