“The Bookshop” by Isabel Coixet (2017)

The Bookshop

Good acting but it takes too long for the rhythm of the movie, the plot, and the musical score to form a whole

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Isabel Coixet
Writers: Isabel Coixet, Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)
Music by Alfonso de Vilallonga
Cinematography by Jean-Claude Larrieu
Film Editing by Bernat Aragonés

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“The Party” by Sally Potter (UK, 2017)

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The Party

Good use of space, great acting, theatrical (unity of space, time and action)

Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall
Director: Sally Potter
Writer: Sally Potter
Cinematographer: Aleksei Rodionov
Editor: Emilie Orsini, Anders Refn

“Viceroy’s House” by Gurinder Chadha (UK, 2017)

Viceroy's House

The weak romance story is offset by a good depiction of the historical and political events surrounding the departure of the English from India.
At one moment in the movie, the partition of India is compared to that of Palestine and of Ireland, other British colonies that have suffered greatly, without however digging deeper into the subject.

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri, Lily Travers, Huma Qureshi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini
Cinematographer: Ben Smithard
Editor: Valerio Bonelli, Victoria Boydell
Composer: A.R. Rahman

“The Divine Order” by Petra Volpe (Switzerland, 2017)

The Divine Order

Wrong music! A bit to conventional.

Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Noe Krejcí, Finn Sutter
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Composer: Annette Focks

“A United Kingdom” by Amma Asante (UK, 2016)

A United Kingdom by Amma Asante (2016)

Very similar in its content to Belle (2013), bringing in a dramatic and intelligent way the web of social constraints that ensue from racial segregation (horizontal) and hierarchical stratification and dominance (vertical inequalities). Furthermore, in both movies, love and politics are cleverly intertwined. And to make matters still more enjoyable, their main female characters are and remain intelligent and substantial throughout the movie.

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Jack Davenport Director: Amma Asante
Writer: Guy Hibbert
Cinematographer: Sam McCurdy
Editor: Jonathan Amos, Jon Gregory
Composer: Patrick Doyle

“Suffragette” (Sarah Gavron, UK 2015)

 

Suffragette

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Adam Michael Dodd, Brendan Gleeson, Samuel West, Geoff Bell, Meryl Streep
Director: Sarah Gavron
Writer: Abi Morgan
Director of Photography: Eduard Grau
Original Music Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Editor: Barney Pilling

“L’Exercice de l’État” (Pierre Schoeller, France 2011)

L'exercice de l'État

Day to day survival in the world of politics

Actors: Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman
Director: Pierre Schoeller
Writer: Pierre Schoeller
Music: Philippe Schoeller
Cinematography: Julien Hirsch
Editing: Laurence Briaud