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  • La Chienne

    La Chienne

    ★★★★★

    La chienne / The Bitch (Jean Renoir, 1931) 10/10

    A meek cashier (Michel Simon), constantly mocked by colleagues at work and henpecked at home by his shrewish wife (Magdeleine Bérubet), saves a young woman (Janie Marèse) who is being beaten on the street by a drunk man (Georges Flamant). Sick of his wife, who constantly mocks his hobby of painting, he sets up the woman in an apartment which he decorates with his paintings. Unknown to him she is a…

  • True Confessions

    True Confessions

    ★★★★½

    True Confessions (Ulu Grosbard, 1981) 9/10

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  • The Lacemaker

    The Lacemaker

    ★★★★½

    La dentelliére / The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977) 9/10

    Sad, gentle, heartbreaking fable about a relationship destroying a tender heart. A shy lonely girl (Isabelle Huppert) working in a beauty salon meets a shy bourgeoise student and they move in together - he studies while she passively looks after the apartment going about her dull job. She has no ambition, hardly talks and her dull presence causes the man to break off the affair leading to her breakdown. This is…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ½

    Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017) 1/10

    The screenplay unfortunately takes a breezy and tongue-in-cheek approach much to the detriment of this particular franchise - not that the previous two installments were any better. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the extremely bland superhero with flowing golden locks, matches wits with his form-shifting step-brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston looking like a waxwork) when they are both informed by their almost catatonic sage-like father (Anthony Hopkins) that they both have a sister, the death goddess Hela…