“By The Sea” by Angelina Jolie (France, 2015)

By The Sea

SPOILER: Jealous of the happiness and fertility of a newly-wed couple, a tormented middle-aged woman tries to seduce the husband to destroy his couple.

NOTICED: The movie shows three couples at different stages of their development: the newlywed young and happy couple building a new life; the tormented middle-aged couple who has to fight not to fall apart; the old man who every day regrets the death of his wife.

Subtle musical score

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup
Director: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Writer: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Editor: Martin Pensa, Patricia Rommel
Composer: Gabriel Yared

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“The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola (USA, 2017)

The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola (2017)

A male ‘enemy’ in a women-only environment: delightful!
Enchanting photography in natural light
Remake of “The Beguiled” by Don Siegel (1971)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer (novel): Thomas Cullinan
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Cinematographer: Philippe Le Sourd
Editor: Sarah Flack
Composer: Laura Karpman

“Wakefield” by Robin Swicord (USA, 2016)

Wakefield

The two male and the female leads are (strangely) miscast
Original and insightful story but dull at times 

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo
Director: Robin Swicord
Writer (short story): E.L. Doctorow
Writer: Robin Swicord
Cinematographer: Andrei Bowden-Schwartz
Editor: Matt Maddox
Composer: Aaron Zigman

“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

“The End Of The Affair” (Neil Jordan, UK 1999)

The End Of The Affair

“You can’t go on fighting (God), it’s only love after all”
This version focuses on love as a transcendenting force, expressing itself in religious fervor for her and in hate for him. The discourse around religion and belief is however much less sophisticated than in the original version of 1955.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea, Julianne Moore, Heather Jay Jones, James Bolam
Written and Directed: Neil Jordan
Based On The Novel by Graham Greene
Music: Michael Nyman
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Editing: Tony Lawson

“The End Of The Affair” (Edward Dmytryk, UK 1955)

The End Of The Affair_1955

Score and atmosphere influenced by David Lean’s A Brief Encounter

Actors: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writers: Graham Greene (from the novel by), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) Music: Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography: Wilkie Cooper
Editing: Alan Osbiston

“The Lovers On The Bridge” (Leos Carax, France 1991)

the lovers on the bridge

A homeless vagrant who possesses nothing is told that love is not for him…

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber
Written and Directed by Leos Carax
Cinematography: Jean-Yves Escoffier
Editing: Nelly Quettier