Lovesong (Son Yong Kim, USA 2016)

Lovesong

A finely chiseled description of a friendship between two women. Excellent direction and performances

Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette
Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim
Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard, Guy Godfree
Editor: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Summertime (La Belle Saison – Catherine Corsini, France 2015)

La Belle Saison

The movie is so relaxed in its storytelling, and so committed to a certain level of realism, that it frequently feels deliberately anti-dramatic.
[Glenn Kenny, July 22, 2016 http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/summertime-2016]

Cast: Izïa Higelin, Jean-Henri Compère, Cécile De France, Kévin Azaïs, Noémie Lvovsky, Laetitia Dosch
Director: Catherine Corsini
Writer: Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor: Frédéric Baillehaiche
Composer: Gregoire Hetzel

Notes On A Scandal (Richard Eyre, USA 2006)

notes-on-a-scandal

excellent dialogues + music
weakest: message + humor

Cleverly orchestrated four-generational love relationship, in which a woman in her sixties who is still looking for her true (lesbian) love falls for a young married mother of two who has an affair with a teenage boy. The emotional stability of the two male characters (the 15-year old boy and the older husband) contrasts with the vulnerability of the two female leads.

Director: Richard Eyre
Writers: Patrick Marber, Zoe Heller (novel)
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Bill Nighy
Music: Philip Glass
Cinematography: Chris Menges
Editing: John Bloom, Antonia Van Drimmelen