Mike Kennedy

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Tastes range across all genres. Not a hater - but people who chat, text, eat loudly during a film push me very close.

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  • See the Sea

    See the Sea

    ★★★★

    This is the most substantial of the films in this collection from writer/director François Ozon, in terms of both its length (52 minutes) and the complexity of the themes he examines in his screenplay.

    Sasha (Sasha Hails) is a young Englishwoman who is living in an isolated farmhouse with her 10 month old daughter, Sioffra (Samantha), near the beach on the Île d’Yeu.  Her husband, who is working in Paris, has been difficult to contact for a few days, introducing…

  • X2000

    X2000

    ★★★

    I can’t help wondering what kind of New Year’s Eve writer/director François Ozon had as 1999 rolled over into 2000 (I could not find anything after a quick online search).  This short film (8 minutes) that he filmed in mid-1998 should at least have motivated him to get the pest control people in before his NYE party.

    The action happens, almost wordlessly, as the sun streams into a high rise apartment early on New Year’s morning.  A naked man (Bruno…

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  • It Must Be Heaven

    It Must Be Heaven

    ★★★★½

    There was a point about a third of the way through writer/director Elia Suleiman's absurdist comedy that I realised that hidden just under the surface of the very funny screenplay was a diamond-hard political edge.

    Suleiman, playing himself, opens his film in Palestine then travels to Paris and New York trying to get producers to put up the money for his latest film. He runs into Western stereotypes of what a Palestinian is and what a Palestinian film must be.…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★½

    No, just no.

    I was going to leave my review of this mess of a movie there but my Twitter feed has been filling up with people gushing about the film and a quick check of the critic-aggregator sites shows I am an outlier here by a big margin. In fact, the last time I can remember people crying and proclaiming that their overwhelming emotional reaction to a film had “changed their lives” like this was Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me…