“By The Sea” by Angelina Jolie (France, 2015)

By The Sea

SPOILER: Jealous of the happiness and fertility of a newly-wed couple, a tormented middle-aged woman tries to seduce the husband to destroy his couple.

NOTICED: The movie shows three couples at different stages of their development: the newlywed young and happy couple building a new life; the tormented middle-aged couple who has to fight not to fall apart; the old man who every day regrets the death of his wife.

Subtle musical score

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup
Director: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Writer: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Editor: Martin Pensa, Patricia Rommel
Composer: Gabriel Yared

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“Autumn Lights” by Angad Aulakh (USA, 2016)

Autumn Lights

A young woman’s promiscuous relationships and how the men in her life react to it
The heaviness created by the landscape and the relationships is not to the taste of everyone, as the extreme ratings show

Cast: Guy Kent, Marta Gastini, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Director: Angad Aulakh
Writer: Angad Aulakh
Music by Hugi Gudmundsson
Composer: Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson
Cinematography by Árni Filippusson
Film Editing by Valdís Óskarsdóttir

“Lolo” by Julie Delpy (France, 2015)

Lolo by Julie Delpy (2015)

A bad script that sharp dialogues and a whiff of humor can’t save

Cast: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard, Antoine Lounguine
Director: Julie Delpy
Writer: Julie Delpy, Eugénie Grandval
Cinematographer: Thierry Abrogast
Editor: Virginie Bruant
Composer: Matthieu Lamboley

“Lady Macbeth” by William Oldroyd (UK, 2016)

Lady Macbeth by William Oldroyd (2016)

Excellent performance and direction

Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Director: William Oldroyd
Writer: Alice Birch; based on Lady Macbeth of Mtensk by Nikolai Leskov
Cinematographer: Ari Wegner
Editor: Nick Emerson
Composer: Dan Jones

“Band Aid” by Zoe Lister Jones (USA, 2017)

Band Aid

Dialogues, humor, and performances save script weaknesses

Cast: Zoe Lister Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Erinn Hayes
Director: Zoe Lister Jones
Writer: Zoe Lister Jones
Cinematographer: Hillary Spera
Editor: Libby Cuenin

“The Art Of Loving Story Of Michalina Wislocka” (Maria Sadowska, Poland 2017)

The Art Of Loving

To be watched twice (at least)!

Actors: Karolina Gruszka, Magdalena Boczarska,Justyna Wasilewska
Director: Maria Sadowska
Writer: Krzysztof Rak
Music: Radzimir Debski
Cinematography: Michal Sobocinski
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski

“Love Like Poison” by 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