“Belle” by Amma Asante (UK, 2013)

Belle

Similar in its content to A United Kingdom (2016), Belle shows in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Gadon, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Penelope Wilton
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
Cinematography: Ben Smithard
Music: Rachel Portman
Film Editing: Victoria Boydell, Pia Di Ciaula

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“End Of Watch” (David Ayer, USA 2012)

End Of Watch

Extremely active camera can sometimes be dizzying.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, Annna Kendrick, Frank Grillo
Written and directed by David Ayer
Music by David Sardy
Cinematography by Roman Vasyanov
Film Editing by Dody Dorn

“Victoria” (Justine Triet, France 2016)

victoria

excellent direction and personages
weakest: message

A divorced lawyer mother of two tries to put some order in her chaotic life..

Cast: Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud
Director: Justine Triet
Writers: Thomas Lévy-Lasne, Justine Triet
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Editing: Laurent Sénéchal

“Denial” (Mick Jackson, USA 2016)

denial

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

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott
Director: Mick Jackson
Writer: Deborah Lipstadt (book), David Hare
Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos
Editor: Justine Wright
Composer: Howard Shore