“Disappearing Acts” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (USA, 2000)

Disappearing Acts

Good acting, good music

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Wesley Snipes, Michael Imperioli
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writers: Terry McMillan (novel), Lisa Jones (teleplay)
Music by Allen Cato, Meshell Ndegeocello
Cinematography by Tami Reiker
Film Editing by Françoise Bonnot


“Gimme The Loot” (Adam Leon, USA 2012)

Gimme The Loot

Good dialogues. The gospels are annoying.

Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor, Joshua Rivera
Written and directed by Adam Leon
Music: Nicholas Britell
Cinematography: Jonathan Miller
Editing: Morgan Faust

“Suzanne” (Katell Quillévéré, France 2013)



L’amour fou – Strong structure, sustained tempo, flawless

Actors: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert, Katell Quillévéré
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Editing: Thomas Marchand

“The Adopted” (Mélanie Laurent, France 2011)

The Adopted

This movie has a somewhat complex structure that lacks transparency.

Cast: Marie Denarnaud, Denis Ménochet, Clémentine Célarié
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Writers: Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Perez
Music: Jonathan Morali
Cinematography: Arnaud Potier
Editing: Guerric Catala

“Breathe” (Mélanie Laurent, France 2014)


A friendship between two girls (one introvert, one extrovert) turns to a complete misunderstanding.

Cast: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré, Roxane Duran
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Screenplay: Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent / Novel: Anne-Sophie Brasme
Director of Photography: Arnaud Potier
Editor: Guerric Catala
Music: Marc Chouarain

“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 Sense Of An Ending” (Ritesh Batra, UK 2017)

the sense of an ending

Weak scenario and direction, wrong music (!)

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Billy Howle
Director: Ritesh Batra
Writer (novel): Julian Barnes
Writer: Nick Payne
Cinematographer: Christopher Ross
Editor: John F. Lyons
Composer: Max Richter