“Winter’s Bone” by Debra Granik (2010)

Winter's Bone

“A film with this sort of concise trajectory and unforced rhythm takes some time to digest, and Winter’s Bone is certainly a grower.” [Glenn Heath Jr.]

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee
Directed by Debra Granik
Written by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography by Michael McDonough
Film Editing by Affonso Gonçalves


“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post” by Desiree Akhavan (2018)

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

A magnificent illustration of the conflicts teenagers can have between what society and religion impose on them – who they should be and not be – and the identity they feel they possess
Another look on identity conflicts – See Appropriate Behavior

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr., Owen Campbell, Quinn Shephard
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Writer (novel): Emily M. Danforth
Writer: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Editor: Sara Shaw
Composer: Julian Wass

“Bird Box” by Susanne Bier (2018)

bird box

The good cast and direction, and the space provided for minorities – a mixed-race couple, an homosexual, a middle-aged lead woman, and a community of blind people among others – compensate for a scenario propped with cliches that are supposed to make the film acceptable in Hollywood’s terms. I miss the Danish Susanne Bier I once knew… [for more about this director, see The Movies of Susanne Bier]

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson, Danielle Macdonald, LilRel Howery, John Malkovich
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Josh Malerman, Eric Heisserer
Cinematographer: Salvatore Totino
Editor: Ben Lester
Composer: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

“Lore” by Cate Shortland (2012)


Unpretentious, great acting, a dizzying but expressive camera work

Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Andre Frid
Director: Cate Shortland
Screenplay by Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography by Adam Arkapaw
Film Editing by Veronika Jenet

“Revenge” by Coralie Fargeat (France, 2017)



fantastic photography and camera work… and a flood of blood!

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède
Director: Coralie Fargeat
Writer: Coralie Fargeat
Director of Photography: Robrecht Heyvaert
Editor: Coralie Fargeat, Bruno Safar, Jérôme Eltabet
Music: Robin Coudert

“Into The Forest” by Patricia Rozema (Canada, 2015)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

Into The Forest

Good story and realization, average content
Three men: the father, the lover, the raper / Three women: ywo sisters + deceased mother
The “scifi” setting that was perhaps justified when the story was written in 1996 doesn’t convey anything to the plot today.

Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Keith Rennie, Max Minghella
Director: Patricia Rozema
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland
Writer: Patricia Rozema
Cinematographer: Daniel Grant
Editor: Matthew Hannam
Composer: Max Richter

“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