“Augustine” by Alice Winocour (France, 2012)

first feature / cinema of substance

Augustine

Jean-Martin Charcot, a 19th-century neurologist famous for his work on female hysteria, owes his success to the influence of his wife and the capacity of his favorite patient to ‘fake’ her seizures.

Cast: Soko, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Duran, Sophie Cattani
Director: Alice Winocour
Music by Jocelyn Pook
Cinematography by Georges Lechaptois
Film Editing by Julien Lacheray

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“Anatomy Of A Love Seen” by Marina Rice Bader (USA, 2014)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Anatomy Of A Love Seen

A very original love story with good acting and great direction / Shunned by critics

Cast: Sharon Hinnendael, Jill Evyn, Constance Brenneman
Director: Marina Rice Bader
Writer: Marina Rice Bader
Music by Thom Robson
Cinematography by Justin Kane
Film Editing by Vanara Taing

“A Perfect Ending” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2012)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

A Perfect Ending

An unnecessary soapy script saved by good acting and directing, and the surprising editing / Shunned by critics

Cast: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Bob Fowler, Stephen Ridley
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn

“Elena Undone” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2010)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

Elena Undone

Predictable but very real, with good love scenes / Shunned by critics

Cast: Necar Zadegan, Traci Dinwiddie, Gary Weeks
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Mark Chait
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn, Brian Wessel

“Landline” by Gillian Robespierre (USA, 2017)

Landline

Some good moments, but at times clumsy script and direction / Jenny Slate sounds often fake, and the dialogues do not fit the period.

Cast: Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, John Turturro, Finn Wittrock, Amy Carlson
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Writer (story): Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre, Tom Bean
Writer: Gillian Robespierre, Elisabeth Holm
Cinematographer: Chris Teague
Editor: Casey Brooks
Composer: Chris Bordeaux, Jordan Cohen, Clyde Lawrence

“Sherrybaby” by Laurie Collyer (USA, 2006)

Sherrybaby

First feature / Excellent performance, fine soundtrack, strong message on the consequences of child abuse among others

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Laurie Collyer
Writer: Laurie Collyer
Music by Jack Livesey
Cinematography by Russell Lee Fine
Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton, Joe Landauer

“Artemisia” by Agnès Merlet (France, 1997)

Artemisia

At times amateurish

Cast: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Miki Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti, Emmannuelle Devos
Written and Directed by Agnes Merlet
Music by Krishna Levy
Cinematography by Benoît Delhomme
Film Editing by Guy Lecorne, Daniele Sordoni