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  • Invisible Life

    Invisible Life

    ★★★★

    "A tropical melodrama" indeed, in the best possible way. Once the basic story is set up, this has a very simple structure jumping back between the two sisters and deriving much of its momentum on the central tension: will they or won't they find each other again? Naming one of the characters after Eurydice (Orfeus's wife, the one he gets back from Hell before screwing it all up) is a clever touch that constantly makes us wonder who might play…

  • School's Out

    School's Out

    ★★★½

    A very effective psychological thriller that is at its most effective when it maintains an ambiguous relationship with its protagonist, and loses a bit of its luster with its ending. Lafitte is great as this substitute teacher who becomes obsessed with his students... incidentally an interesting film to watch, in the current French context where teachers being afraid of their students takes on a new meaning,. My issue is that it settles for an answer when I rather liked the…

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  • My King

    My King

    ★★★★½

    Did not expect to love this so much. Intense, melodramatic but also very funny. The acting is the film's biggest strength : both Bercot (who won at Cannes) and Cassel give electrifying performances as a couple falling in love and the abusive, unhealthy realtionship that's born out of that. That makes it sound dreary, but one of the things I appreciate is how Maïwenn comes back to how well these two characters work together, how exhilarating life becomes in the…

  • Ballerina

    Ballerina

    ★½

    French animation can suck too ! This is not an offensively bad movie, it's just... the script feels like it could have been written by a computer having been fed animated movie plots from the last twenty years, and the voice acting doesn't particularly elevate the material. There just isn't any reason for this film to exist except for a potentially interesting setting (1880's Paris, orphan girl from Britanny who becomes a ballet dancer) which it doesn't do anything with…