“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


“Autumn Lights” by Angad Aulakh (USA, 2016)

Autumn Lights

A young woman’s promiscuous relationships and how the men in her life react to it
The heaviness created by the landscape and the relationships is not to the taste of everyone, as the extreme ratings show

Cast: Guy Kent, Marta Gastini, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Director: Angad Aulakh
Writer: Angad Aulakh
Music by Hugi Gudmundsson
Composer: Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson
Cinematography by Árni Filippusson
Film Editing by Valdís Óskarsdóttir

“Sairat” by Nagraj Manjule (India, 2016)


Could have been an hour shorter / humor disappears halfway

Cast: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar, Arbaz Shaikh
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writers: Nagraj Manjule (story and screenplay), Nagraj Manjule (dialogue)
Music by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Cinematography by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Film Editing by Kutub Inamdar

“The Lovers” by Azazel Jacobs (USA, 2017)

The Lovers (2)

A dull first half and a disappointing end in spite of (or is it just because of) the final twist. The performances and the musical score are the best things this movie has to offer.

Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Writer: Azazel Jacobs
Cinematographer: Tobias Datum
Editor: Darrin Navarro
Composer: Mandy Hoffman

“The Beguiled” by Don Siegel (USA, 1971)

The Beguiled

A man has three women to chose from… and he chooses the wrong one. Is this movie about how stupid a man can be? 🙂
See also “The Beguiled” by Sofia Coppola (2017)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman
Director: Don Siegel
Writers:  Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography: Bruce Surtees
Editing: Carl Pingitore

“Suzaku” (Moe No Suzaku) by Naomi Kawase (Japan, 1997)

Moe No Suzaku

A look both anthropological and sensitive on the disappearance of traditional life in the Japanese mountains – The dialogues are sparse, but the leitmotifs guide us. Solid camera work

Cast: Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Sachiko Izumi
Director: Naomi Kawase
Writer: Naomi Kawase
Music by Masamichi Shigeno
Cinematography by Masaki Tamura
Film Editing by Shûichi Kakesu

“One Week Friends” by Shôsuke Murakami (Japan, 2017)

One Week Friends

The world of Japanese high school teenagers: their preoccupations are recognizable, but they somehow differ on the values on which they build their relationships

Cast: Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Seika Furuhata
Director: Shôsuke Murakami
Writer: Matcha Hazuki (manga)
Music by Yutaka Yamada