“The Tale” by Jennifer Fox (USA, 2018)

first feature / cinema of substance

The Tale

An adult woman re-live her abuse childhood / Disturbing story put together in the way memories of past events come back to mind, pieces by pieces

Cast: Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common, John Heard
Director: Jennifer Fox
Writer: Jennifer Fox
Editor: Anne Fabini, Alex Hall, Gary Levy
Director of Photography: Ivan Strasburg, Denis Lenoir

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“Things Behind The Sun” by Allison Anders (USA, 2001)

Things behind the sun

A woman who has been gang-raped when she was young comes to term with her past when she hears what really happened from the one who was her boyfriend at the time. A hard film to watch!
Just like in her preceding movie, music is used to help defining the personage and carrying the emotional content.

Cast: Kim Dickens, Gabriel Mann, Aria Alpert Adjani
Director: Allison Anders
Writers: Allison Anders, Kurt Voss
Music by Sonic Youth
Cinematography by Terry Stacey
Film Editing by Chris Figler

“Into The Forest” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 2015)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

Into The Forest

Good story and realization, average content
Three men: the father, the lover, the raper / Three women: ywo sisters + deceased mother
The “scifi” setting that was perhaps justified when the story was written in 1996 doesn’t convey anything to the plot today.

Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Keith Rennie, Max Minghella
Director: Patricia Rozema
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Cinematographer: Daniel Grant
Editor: Matthew Hannam
Composer: Max Richter

“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

“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine (France, 2016)

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Compelling story, sober but powerful images

Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writer (based on an original concept by) Philippe Maynial
Writer (adaptation): Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine
Writer (dialogue): Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine
Writer: Alice Vial, Sabrina B. Karine
Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier
Editor: Annette Dutertre
Composer: Grégoire Hetzel

“Into The Forest” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 2015)

 

Into The Forest

Good story and realization, average content
Three men: the father, the lover, the raper / Three women: ywo sisters + deceased mother
The “scifi” setting that was perhaps justified when the story was written in 1996 doesn’t convey anything to the plot today.

Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Keith Rennie, Max Minghella
Director: Patricia Rozema
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Cinematographer: Daniel Grant
Editor: Matthew Hannam
Composer: Max Richter

“Flocking” by Beata Gardeler (Sweden, 2015)

Flocking

A whole community turns against a 14 year-old girl who accuses a boy of raping her.
Powerful, almost unbearable

Actors:  Fatime Azemi, John Risto, Eva Melander
Director: Beata Gårdeler
Writers: Emma Broström (screenplay), Geir Hansteen Jorgensen (dramaturge)
Music by Lisa Holmqvist
Cinematography by Gösta Reiland
Film Editing by Linda Jildmalm