LONDON: French femmes on form

Posted by · 5:54 pm · October 26th, 2010

“I think the French have always enjoyed older women, and they’re right to do so,” Kristin Scott Thomas told me in an interview nearly two years ago, when asked about the range of opportunities for actresses over 40 in the French film industry. “A life has been lived. There’s so much more at stake. The […]

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VENICE: Jury duty – award predictions and preferences

Posted by · 11:51 am · September 10th, 2010

The Venice Competition lineup officially wrapped today with one of its lightest and most mainstream selections, “Barney’s Version” (reviewed this morning). With only the out-of-competition closing film “The Tempest” left to screen before I head back to London tomorrow evening, allow me a moment to sift through the runners and riders for the festival prizes […]

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VENICE: ‘Potiche,’ ‘A Letter to Elia,’ ‘Robinson in Ruins’

Posted by · 10:59 am · September 5th, 2010

Hey, did you miss me yesterday? Don’t answer that. Sorry for the radio silence, but Saturday proved to be both my busiest and most rewarding day at Venice, serving up five films — none of them stinkers, and one of them perhaps my favourite of the fest so far. After capping the day’s viewing with […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1965 and 1966

Posted by · 4:54 pm · August 11th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. I’m back guys. Sorry for taking a week off but my older brother got hitched and I had a drunken Best Man speech that needed attending to. I trust you spent the week watching all the wonderful movies being highlighted in this column. We’re halfway through […]

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LONDON: ‘Incendiary,’ ‘A Christmas Tale,’ ‘Blind Loves’

Posted by · 6:24 pm · October 21st, 2008

I’ve been swamped with screenings at the London Film Festival, so between watching the films, maintaining some semblance of a day job and occasionally remembering to sleep and eat, my review updates have got a bit behind track. Hopefully, I can make up some of the distance tomorrow, when I have a lighter screening schedule, […]

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No surprises as Cannes jury surprises

Posted by · 4:47 pm · May 25th, 2008

Well, I missed that one badly. As is so often the case, the Cannes jury threw a curveball, handing their top prize to a late-breaking film that had generated very few column inches. Admittedly, I should have paid more attention to “The Class,” French auteur Laurent Cantet’s school-based docudrama. I was a huge fan of […]

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