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  • Contempt
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Red Post on Escher Street

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  • A Story of Children and Film

    ★★★

  • California Split

    ★★★★★

  • Mother

    ★★★½

  • Revolution

    ★★★

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) has finally consented to sit for her portrait. Marianne (Noémie Merlant) directs her pose, “Turn toward me—a little more—turn your head slightly—rest your arm here.” Taking hold of her arm she adjusts its position. She places the right hand upon the left. She asks, “Are you comfortable?—can you hold that pose?” Héloïse answers, “Oui.”

    Héloïse is sitting upon an improvised pedestal. She is wearing a dark green gown and her hair is tied up exposing her ears…

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★★

    Maureen (Kristen Stewart) enters the big old house where her brother, Lewis, lived before his recent death. She makes her way through the empty rooms and opens the glassed double doors leading to the terrace at the back of the house. Looking out over the grounds, she nervously lights a cigarette and stands at the railing lost in thought. Later that evening, startled by a banging noise, she looks about and seeing that she left the doors ajar looks outside…

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  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★★

    The life of Adele. Every morning Adele comes out the door, adjusts her pants, and hurries down the street to catch the bus that takes her to school. In class they are reading from La Vie de Marianne, "Ideas take hold of me. I am a woman. I tell my story." The passage being discussed considers the possibility of 'love at first sight'. Adele is enchanted, she loves this book and is immersed in the life of Marianne. Wide eyed,…

  • La Jetée

    La Jetée

    ★★★★★

    1962 was the time of the cold war and the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States with the Cuban Missile Crisis occurring during October of that year. World War III and the fear of nuclear holocaust was on everyone’s mind, but in La Jetée these things merely provide a backdrop for a story that is about something altogether different. In Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), after Madeleine’s death, Scottie is obsessed with her memory and is driven by a…