Love Like Poison / Un Poison Violent (Katell Guillévéré, France 2010)

Love Like Poison

A 14-year old girl tries to deal with the conflict created by her nascent sexual desire and her faith. The significant others in her life are clearly divided into two groups. The non-believers are all male (father, grandpa, boyfriend) and all clearly express their desires. The believers on the other hand (the mother, the girl, and the priest) all have to repress their desires in order to comply with the dogma imposed by their religion.
Incongruous music

Actors: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert (collaboration), Katell Quillévéré
Music: Olivier Mellano
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Editing: Thomas Marchand

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

The End Of The Affair (Neil Jordan, UK 1999)

The End Of The Affair

“You can’t go on fighting (God), it’s only love after all”
This version focuses on love as a transcendenting force, expressing itself in religious fervor for her and in hate for him. The discourse around religion and belief is however much less sophisticated than in the original version of 1955.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea, Julianne Moore, Heather Jay Jones, James Bolam
Written and Directed: Neil Jordan
Based On The Novel by Graham Greene
Music: Michael Nyman
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Editing: Tony Lawson

The Beautiful Risk / Le Beau Risque (Mark Penney, Canada 2013)

The Beautiful Risk

Dying to love, loving to death
Interesting use of landscapes; different sorts of music are superimposed; the screen stays black for quite a while; dialogues are sometimes ‘de-synchronized’

Director: Mark Penney
Writer: Mark Penney
Actors: Shaun Benson, Eliane Gagnon, Michel Perron
Cinematography: Robert Smith
Editing: Mark Penney