Breathe / Respire (Mélanie Laurent, France 2014)


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

Gate Of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki, Japan 1964)

Gate Of Flesh
An exceptional movie

A prostitute falls in love for the first time and this new feeling puts her survival strategy at risk. When she asks the man she loves about it, he answers: “How am I supposed to know heavy stuff like that?”

Actors: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Writers: Taijirô Tamura (novel), Gorô Tanada
Music: Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography: Shigeyoshi Mine
Editing: Akira Suzuki

Frank & Lola (Matthew Ross, USA 2016)


strongest: originality + direction + music + minorities
weakest: message

Cast: Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist, Emmanuelle Devos
Director: Matthew M. Ross
Writer: Matthew M. Ross
Cinematographer: Eric Koretz
Editor: Jennifer Lilly, Rebecca Rodriguez
Composer: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans