Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Violence

#871 Dheepan (2015)

#871 Dheepan 2015 // France // Jacques Audiard Criterion Collection (LINK) The most strikingly beautiful shot in Dheepan happens soon after the prologue: some brimming butterflies slowly revealed themselves in slo-mo with a pitch-dark background and a lyrically sacred score, gradually we realised they are some glaring headbands worn by the titular character Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan)… Continue reading #871 Dheepan (2015)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Belgium · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · France · Slow Cinema

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles  1975 // Belgium, France // Chantal Akerman Criterion Collection (LINK) The Mother and the Whore Before watching Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, I had learnt two things from what I read on cinema: the film itself is one of the best… Continue reading #484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Silent Film

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 // France // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) If I have to choose one face to embody the word”cinema”, that would be the poignant face of French actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti in the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Falconetti, a stage actress hired by the Danish auteur Carl Theodor… Continue reading #62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Romance

#196 Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

#196 Hiroshima mon amour 1959 // France // Alain Resnais   Criterion Release Date:  14 July 2015 (LINK) Two anonymous bodies, face unseen, caressing each other tenderly with flakes of ashes fallen upon them. A voice of a Japanese man (Eiji Okada) said in French “You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing.” A French woman (Emmanuelle Riva)… Continue reading #196 Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · France · Holocaust · War

#197 Night And Fog (1955)

#197 Night And Fog 1955 // France // Alain Resnais   Criterion Release Date: 19 July 2016 (LINK) The renowned film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once claimed Alain Resnais’s short documentary Night and Fog as “ the greatest film ever made about the concentration camps… Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 Shoah is so indebted to this film that it… Continue reading #197 Night And Fog (1955)