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

THE MEASURE OF A MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephane Briz Stars: Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schiller. "The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune." This quote is certainly an apt way to illustrate the title of this miserable dour, grim and relentlessly downbeat drama that screened at the French Film Festival earlier in the year. The film focuses on 51-year-old Thierry Taugourdeau (played by veteran Vincent Lindon) an out of work factory worker who copes with an unfeeling bureaucracy in his search to find work. He is forced to attend Continue reading