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  • Donkey Skin

    ★★★½

  • The Brand New Testament

    ★★★★½

  • Place Vendôme

    ★★★★

  • Red Notice

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  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★½

    How do you follow up the magnificent monochrome of Embrace of the Serpent? With this, an epic which tracks the rise and fall of a small time drug trafficker and the family into which he marries. The traditions of the Wayuu people contrast with the encroaching rise of the modern drug trade. Ostensibly the centre is Raphayet, as the man initially on the make but he is soon confronted with his new family's matriarch, Ursula played as a cross between…

  • I Want to See

    I Want to See

    ★★★★

    Film #4 of the Deneuvember Challenge.

    Is this a documentary or a partly-improvised drama? It appears to be a mixture of both with Catherine Deneuve playing "Catherine Deneuve", the actress visiting Lebanon to receive an award and insists she would like to see the real Lebanon, post the 2006 war with Israel.

    Her guide is Lebanese actor Rabih Mroue who brings both a real connection to his country with a fan appreciation of the French actress. The conversations between Deneuve…

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  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★½

    Part of this year's Deneuvember 2021 - Our Favourite Season viewing.

    Deneuve in dual roles, playing both the Queen, briefly and her daughter, the princess who becomes the titular Donkey Skin. A musical with incestuous intent, a fairy godmother (a positively glowing Delphine Seyrig) with mysterious intent and kingdoms that identify themselves by primary colour. Jean Marais as the king is a throwback to Cocteau's La Belle at La Bête although stylistically Demy throws in several allusions to that earlier…

  • The Brand New Testament

    The Brand New Testament

    ★★★★½

    Part of this year's Deneuvember 2021 - Our Favourite Season viewing.

    At the beginning we get the line "God exists. And he lives in Brussels" which sets the tone for the film, irreverent and tongue in cheek. What I didn't recall was the darkness that permeates the first half of the film, but that makes the resolution all the more satisfying. Including Deneuve as Martine telling her husband to fuck off, while she has an 800 pound gorilla in her…

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  • Border

    Border

    ★★★½

    That sex scene will haunt me for years. I've got nothing else sorry.

  • What Keeps You Alive

    What Keeps You Alive

    ★★

    Imagine the most brainless characters and then make them more stupid, just for cheap thrills. To a certain extent, the filmmaker takes his audience to be just as brainless. On the plus side, it's nicely shot and definitely passes the Bechdel test. So there's that.