BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Claire Denis Stars: Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Gregoire Colin, Issa Perica, Bulle Ogier. French auteur Claire Denis (White Material, etc) often explores fragile relationships in her films, looking at the tension between her characters and the corrosive effects of the lack of trust. Her latest film Both Sides Of The Blade (aka Fire in some territories) explores a romantic triangle that spirals out of control and the emotional damage caused.   Sara (Juliette Binoche, an icon of French cinema, in her third film for the Continue reading

WHO YOU THINK I AM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Safy Nebbou Stars: Juliette Binoche, Francois Civil, Nicole Garcia, Charles Berling, Guillaume Gouix.   This intriguing psychological thriller serves as a timely cautionary tale about the dangers of social media and on-line dating sites. It comes across as something of a cross between Fatal Attraction and Catfish. Claire Millaud (played by Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged teacher and a divorced mother of two adult children. When she is dumped by her current, younger lover Ludo, she creates a fake Facebook profile in order to Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

The 28th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace cinemas across Australia throughout March. The 45 films screening in this year’s festival offer a wonderful mix of artistry and genres, and feature some of the biggest names in French cinema. The opening night film is The Odyssey, a biopic about the legendary Jacques Costeau, while closing the festival this year is the new comedy A Bun In The Oven, starring Karin Viard. For sceening details check out the festival website. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED MARCH 12, 2017   SLACK Continue reading

THE WAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Piero Messina Stars: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laage, Giorgio Colangeli, Domenico Diele, Antonio Folletto, Corinna Locastro. This slow moving but lyrical art house drama about a woman who conceals her son's death from his girlfriend will probably not hold immediate appeal for many audiences. Loosely based on a play written by Luigi Pindarello, and set in Sicily during a hot summer, The Wait tells the story of Anna (played with great sense of subtlety and poise by Juliette Binoche, from The English Patient, etc) who has just Continue reading

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, Brady Corbet, Hans Zischler, Angela Winkler, Lars Eidinger. Maria Enders (played by Juliette Binoche) is a veteran actress whose career was launched years ago with a role in a play called Maloja Snake. Now a legendary film star in her own right, Enders is being asked to return to the stage in a revival of the play that made her famous. But instead of playing the role of the alluring young Sigrid, who eventually drives her boss Helen to suicide, Continue reading