“Adore” by Anne Fontaine (Australia, 2013)



Excellent scenario and some fantastic editing.
Many have called it a bad movie (see the main ratings) because of its scandalous theme – two middle-aged women falling for two young men they know. However, the same critics wouldn’t have blinked if the movie had staged two men falling for their daughter-in-law. Hypocrisy at its best!

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe
Director: Anne Fontaine
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Novel: Doris Lessing
Music by Christopher Gordon
Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne
Film Editing by Luc Barnier, Ceinwen Berry


“Nathalie…” by Anne Fontaine (France, 2003)


Cast: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu |
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writers: Philippe Blasband (original idea), Jacques Fieschi
Music by Michael Nyman
Cinematography by Jean-Marc Fabre
Film Editing by Emmanuelle Castro

“Laggies” by Lynn Shelton (USA, 2014)


Summarized: only the perfect (male) match can give sense to a woman’s life. No story to be proud of!
Just like Touchy Feely, a female reacts dramatically when her boyfriend offers her to commit herself more fully to their relationship. Adding to the sequel feeling, both movies stage an adult female, a teenager, and 2 adult males. In both movies, the “mother” is absent.
But instead of defining its personages realistically as they are in Touchy Feely, those in Laggies are inconsistent. A hopefully one-time hiccup in an up-to-now interesting oeuvre.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenplay: Andrea Seigel
Director of Photography: Benjamin Kasulke
Original Music Composer: Benjamin Gibbard

“Humpday” by Lynn Shelton (USA, 2009)


How men be afraid of “pussing out”!

Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard
Directed and written by Lynn Shelton
Music by Vinny Smith
Cinematography by Benjamin Kasulke
Film Editing by Nat Sanders

“Mansfield Park” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 1998)


Mansfield Park

Social hierarchy is a recurring theme in this director’s work. In Mansfield Park, the lead personage comes from a poor branch of a family whose wealth is built on slavery. Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl (2008) depicts the social destitution and disintegration of a family as a consequence of the Great Depression, and the parallel world of hobos. Into The Forest shows again a society in the process of disintegration, which leads to the rape of a woman – both woman and rapist being honorable members of that society prior to these events.
“This is an uncommonly intelligent film, smart and amusing too, and anyone who thinks it is not faithful to Austen doesn’t know the author but only her plots.” writes Roger Ebert.

Cast: Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola
Director: Patricia Rozema
Writers: Jane Austen (novel), Patricia Rozema
Music by Lesley Barber
Cinematography by Michael Coulter
Film Editing by Martin Walsh

“The Lunchbox” (Ritesh Batra, India 2013)

The Lunchbox

Director: Ritesh Batra
Writers: Ritesh Batra (screenplay), Vasan Bala (hindi dialogue consultant)
Actors: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music: Max Richter
Cinematography: Michael Simmonds
Editing: John F. Lyons

“Lovesong” (Son Yong Kim, USA 2016)


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