“The Florida Project” by Sean Baker (USA, 2017)

The Florida Project

In what is supposed to be the paradise of children and one of the symbols of the American dream, a single mother struggles to make end come for her and her young daughter (6). To survive, both mother and daughter manipulate people around them. Left behind by the economic bonanza, they fight for the right to have their place in the sun.

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe
Editor: Sean Baker


“3 Generations” by Gaby Dellal (USA, 2015)

3 Generations

Excellent cast, great humor, very sensitive direction

Cast: Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Tate Donovan, Maria Dizzia, Sam Trammell, Linda Emond, Jordan Carlos
Director: Gaby Dellal
Writer: Nikole Beckwith, Gaby Dellal
Cinematographer: David Johnson
Editor: Joe Landauer, Jeff Betancourt
Composer: West Dylan Thordson

“Linha De Passe” by Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas (Brazil, 2008)

Working in pair: man + woman directing

Linha de Passe

Social drama set in Brazil showing how football and religion as a source of hope ultimately prevent the poor from escaping their condition

Cast: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira
Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
Writers: George Moura, Daniela Thomas
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Film Editing by Gustavo Giani, Lívia Serpa

“Advantageous” by Jennifer Phang (USA, 2015)


Slow-moving satire of the corporate world that dehumanize the individual.
A movie depicting our world in a not too far-fetched future, a world that has no advantage to offer for us, humans, a world in which we have to become inhuman to survive.
Among some of the ideas brought forward:

  • We should talk about “natural deselection” because humanity makes the same errors again and again
  • “There’s nothing fiercer than a mother’s love”
  • Corporations prefer to fire women because they will stay at home, and men won’t

Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams
Director: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Music by Timo Chen
Cinematography by Richard Wong
Film Editing by Sean Gillane, Jennifer Phang

“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