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  • Before the Winter Chill

    Before the Winter Chill 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2016

    Avant l'hiver
    Paul (Daniel Auteuil) is a successful neurosurgeon, married to Lucie (Kristin Scott Thomas) who devotes her time to him and their family. Then Paul meets Lou (Leïla Bekhti) who says she remembers him from when he operated on her. He keeps on unexpectedly meeting her and suspects that she is the person who sends him flowers every day. His life may be about to change.
    I'm unsure exactly what was going on here, and why, and found the…

  • Suite Française

    Suite Française 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Irène Némirovsky was a Ukrainian Jew who lived and wrote in France. At the beginning of WW2 she wrote a series of novels, one of which this film was based upon, about the impossible romance between a married French villager (Michelle Williams) and a German officer (Matthias Schoenaerts). In addition to good performances by the two leads, Kristin Scott Thomas was rather good as Williams' very controlling mother-in-law. I found the story well told, with some turns I didn't expect, and a sense that the characters in the film could have been real people, with the faults and virtues we all have.

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2013 10

    Dear Mr. Tarantino,
    I rather enjoyed your film, but that's because I had been warned that it was much too long, gratuitously violent, and that the n-word was used everywhere it could be and then some. The story was a great adventure, I was never going to drop off in the middle of it even though it would have been less flabby if you had trimmed ¾ of an hour off it. I'm not sure that your film is the…

  • Van Helsing

    Van Helsing 2004

    ★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2013 1

    I was bored. I was bored during and after watching the film, not before.