“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

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“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

“Big Eyes” (Tim Burton, USA 2014)

Big Eyes

Strong performance by Amy Adams / weak structure

Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Director of Photography: Bruno Delbonnel

“The Salesman” (Asghar Farhadi, Iran 2016)

The Salesman
Victim of an intruder, a woman not only suffers a psychological trauma, but has also to deal with her husband who seeks vengeance because his honor and status have been shattered.

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Cinematographer: Hossein Jafarian
Composer: Sattar Oraki
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

“Erasing Eden” (Beth Dewey, USA 2016)

Erasing Eden

Good direction and personage, weak scenario, unclear message

Actors: Breeda Wool, Ben Rovner, Jess Adams
Director: Beth Dewey
Writers: Beth Dewey, Justo Diaz
Music: E. Shepherd Stevenson
Cinematography: Yasu Tanida
Editing: Beth Dewey

“The Last Mistress” (Catherine Breillat, France 2007)

Une Vieille Maitresse

Between love and sexual passion, sexual passion wins in the long run

Cast: Asia Argento, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Roxane Mesquida, Claude Sarraute, Yolande Moreau, Michael Lonsdale, Anne Parillaud
Written and directed: Catherine Breillat
Based on the novel by Barbey D’Aurevilly