Author Archives: Helen Van Kruyssen

Les Biches (The Does)

Claude Chabrol’s take on sexual ambiguity in 1968 is mischievous. Stéphane Audran plays the resplendent Frédérique, nouvelle vague’s colonialist of female lust and control. She’s the wealthy dominatrix who wants power over those she desires, and she pursues them with … Continue reading

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Le Souffle au Coeur (Murmur of the Heart)

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Mother Love: Laurent (Benoît Ferreux) comforted by his mother, Clara (Lea Massari) If you’re a teenage boy in a post-war bourgeois family, struggling with a cold father, a Catholic education and two mischievous older…

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Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême 2017

The Film Francophone d’Angoulême represents everything I love about French cinema. A cinema which focuses on characters unafraid of their reactions, and endings determined by their emotional truth, rather than a neat moral tidy-up. French cinema is considered by some to … Continue reading

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Jeune & Jolie (Young & Beautiful)

François Ozon points the lens at bourgeois desire through the eyes of a young Parisian student and her complicated relationship with sex and prostitution. It’s a lazy summer, and seventeen year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth) is on holiday at the ocean … Continue reading

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Valley of Love

Small bird and giant, Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, play out divorced love as two old friends, equally strong and fragile, bound by an unusual request from their deceased son – he has written a letter asking them to meet … Continue reading

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Elle

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Elle

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Isabelle Huppert: the allure of her vacant room

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Isabelle Huppert: the allure of her vacant room

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Negotiating pimps as Isabelle in Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie) Isabelle Huppert is in London and the sun is shining bright, a lion in the sky, shaking its mane over her enigmatic…

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L’avenir (Things to Come)

Sadness is soothed by reason, and resurrection a full confident moon in writer/director Mia Hanson-Løve’s tale of heartbreak and loss. Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a Parisian philosophy teacher and text-book writer who lives in a modest, book-lined flat with her … Continue reading

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