“Thirteen” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2003)

Thirteen

A world in which men are central but absent

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Hardwicke, Nikki Reed
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Zarate
Cinematography by Elliot Davis
Film Editing by Nancy Richardson

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“Ghost In The Shell” (Rupert Sanders, USA 2017)

Ghost In The Shell

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche
Director: Rupert Sanders
Based on the comic ‘The Ghost in the Shell’ by Masamune Shirow
Writer: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler
Cinematographer: Jess Hall
Editor: Billy Rich, Neil Smith
Composer: Lorne Balfe

“Story Of A Prostitute” (Seijun Suzuki, Japan 1965)

Story Of A Prostitute

At the end of the movie, a Chinese woman says that the Japanese are always in a hurry to die. But dying is not difficult, it’s for the cowards. It’s living that is difficult.

Cast: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Writers: Hajime Takaiwa, Taijirô Tamura (story)
Music: Naozumi Yamamoto
Cinematography: Kazue Nagatsuka
Editing: Akira Suzuki

“Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France 2016)

Divines

In a Parisian ‘hot’ suburb, drug distribution, blackmail, and violence are controlled by women. Strong performances.

Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel
Director: Houda Benyamina
Writer: Houda Benyamina
Music: Demusmaker
Cinematography: Julien Poupard
Editing: Loïc Lallemand , Vincent Tricon