“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

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“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

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

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See also the first viewing

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

“The Paradise Suite” (Joost van Winkel, Netherlands 2015)

The Paradise Suite

Intense and raw
The fact that one group of personages is not thematically connected to the others somewhat weakens the script and its message.

Actors: Anjela Nedyalkova, Boris Isakovic, Erik Adelöw
Director: Joost van Ginkel
Writer: Joost van Ginkel
Music: Alexander Doychev, Bram Meindersma
Cinematography: Andréas Lennartsson
Editing: Teun Rietveld, Bob Soetekouw, Joost van Ginkel, Wouter van Luijn