“Waitress” by Adrienne Shelly (USA, 2007)


Good direction and dialogues, funny

Cast: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Jeremy Sisto
Director: Adrienne Shelly
Writer: Adrienne Shelly
Music by Andrew Hollander
Cinematography by Matthew Irving
Film Editing by Annette Davey


“Ginger And Rosa” by Sally Potter (UK, 2012)

-The Work of Sally Potter

Ginger and Rosa

Set during the Cold War in the nascent post-war world of feminism and youth activism / Another facet of the influence of a strong fatherly figure on a young girl (see also The Man Who Cried (2000)) 

Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall
Written and directed by Sally Potter
Cinematography by Robbie Ryan
Film Editing by Anders Refn

“The Florida Project” by Sean Baker (USA, 2017)

The Florida Project

In what is supposed to be the paradise of children and one of the symbols of the American dream, a single mother struggles to make end come for her and her young daughter (6). To survive, both mother and daughter manipulate people around them. Left behind by the economic bonanza, they fight for the right to have their place in the sun.

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe
Editor: Sean Baker

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDonagh (USA, 2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

An exceptional success at mixing comedy and drama / Rich representations of minorities, excellent dialogues

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Caleb Landry Jones, Kathryn Newton, Clarke Peters
Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Cinematographer: Ben Davis
Editor: Jon Gregory
Composer: Carter Burwell

“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

“What Happened To Monday” by Tommy Wirkola (UK, 2017)

What Happened To Monday

Some excellent moments alternating with loss of momentum and some ridiculously weak bad guys

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writer: Max Botkin, Kerry Williamson
Cinematographer: José David Montero
Editor: Martin Stoltz
Composer: Christian Wibe

“Advantageous” by Jennifer Phang (USA, 2015)


Slow-moving satire of the corporate world that dehumanize the individual.
A movie depicting our world in a not too far-fetched future, a world that has no advantage to offer for us, humans, a world in which we have to become inhuman to survive.
Among some of the ideas brought forward:

  • We should talk about “natural deselection” because humanity makes the same errors again and again
  • “There’s nothing fiercer than a mother’s love”
  • Corporations prefer to fire women because they will stay at home, and men won’t

Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams
Director: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Music by Timo Chen
Cinematography by Richard Wong
Film Editing by Sean Gillane, Jennifer Phang