“Strange Weather” by Katherine Dieckmann (USA, 2016)

Strange Weather by Katherine Dieckmann (2016)

Excellent acting, good dialogues, contrived script

Cast: Holly Hunter, Carrie Coon, Kim Coates, Glenne Headly, Johnny McPhail
Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Writer: Katherine Dieckmann
Cinematographer: David Rush Morrison
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Composer: Sharon Van Etten

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“Paris Can Wait” by Eleanor Coppola (USA, 2016)

Paris Can Wait

An American woman tries to find her way between a husband who does not listen to her and a friend who wants to seduce her

Cast: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Writer: Eleanor Coppola
Cinematographer: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Glen Scantlebury
Composer: Laura Karpman

“Lolo” by Julie Delpy (France, 2015)

Lolo by Julie Delpy (2015)

A bad script that sharp dialogues and a whiff of humor can’t save

Cast: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard, Antoine Lounguine
Director: Julie Delpy
Writer: Julie Delpy, Eugénie Grandval
Cinematographer: Thierry Abrogast
Editor: Virginie Bruant
Composer: Matthieu Lamboley

“Band Aid” by Zoe Lister Jones (USA, 2017)

Band Aid

Dialogues, humor, and performances save script weaknesses

Cast: Zoe Lister Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Erinn Hayes
Director: Zoe Lister Jones
Writer: Zoe Lister Jones
Cinematographer: Hillary Spera
Editor: Libby Cuenin

“Everything, Everything” by Stella Meghie (USA, 2017)

Everything, Everything

Weak story, images and personages that are too ‘polished’, music unconnected to the story

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera
Director: Stella Meghie
Writer: J. Mills Goodloe, based on the book by Nicola Yoon
Cinematographer: Igor Jadue-Lillo
Editor: Nancy Richardson
Composer: Ludwig Göransson

Paula Van Der Oest, director (3): “The Domino Effect” (U.K., 2012)

The Domino Effect

A plea against the global economy, showing how it particularly affects women and children. An ode to altruism, and to love as a safe haven. Great editing work and very sober dialogues, a hallmark of this director.

Actors: James D’Arcy, Theo James, Tiya Sircar
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Paula van der Oest
Music by Adrian Corker
Cinematography by Guido van Gennep
Film Editing by Maurice Bedaux, Sander Vos

“Brick Lane” (Sarah Gavron, UK 2007)

Brick Lane

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Naeema Begum
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Written by Abi Morgan, Laura Jones
Based on the novel by Monica Ali
Music: Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Editing: Melanie Oliver