“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)

to all the boys I've loved before

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

“The Evening Dress” by Myriam Aziza (2009)

first feature

the evening dress

A 12-year-old girl transforms a crush she has for a (female) teacher into an obsessive jealousy. Unable to talk about it with anyone, she locks herself up in an inextricable situation. One hopes that the situation will ultimately resolve itself in a positive way, although everything points out towards a dramatic end.
Cleverly brings the position of the teacher into perspective
Great performances!

Cast: Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Lio, Sophie Mounicot
Director: Myriam Aziza
Writers: Myriam Aziza, Sophie Bredier
Music by Martin Wheeler
Cinematography by Benoît Chamaillard
Film Editing by Ariane Mellet

“Altered Perception” by Kate Rees Davies (USA, 2017)

first feature / cinema of substance

Altered Perception

With its strong but disturbing message, its unconventional camera work. and its very original script, this movie deserves a much more encouraging reaction, but it seems that few critics ventured to see it. Or is it because the pharmaceutical industry has been lobbying around? 🙂
Very original first feature in the trend “cinema-vérirté” / Nice team-work although at times awkwardly amateurish / Pity Kate Davies didn’t find it necessary to provide the viewer with a cinematic conclusion other than a few quotes from Forbes and Vanity Fair.

Cast:  Jon Huertas, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Mark Burnham
Director: Kate Rees Davies
Writers: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Jon Huertas, Travis Romero
Music by Randy Chance
Cinematography by Steve Romano
Film Editing by Jon Artigo, Vance Crofoot

“Anatomy Of A Love Seen” by Marina Rice Bader (USA, 2014)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Anatomy Of A Love Seen

A very original love story with good acting and great direction / Shunned by critics

Cast: Sharon Hinnendael, Jill Evyn, Constance Brenneman
Director: Marina Rice Bader
Writer: Marina Rice Bader
Music by Thom Robson
Cinematography by Justin Kane
Film Editing by Vanara Taing

“Elena Undone” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2010)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Elena Undone

Predictable but very real, with good love scenes / Shunned by critics

Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Mark Chait
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn, Brian Wessel