La Règle du Jeu, dir. Jean Renoir

The Rules of the Game (1939)

A precursor to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, My Man Godfrey and Gosford Park, Renoir’s generous and attentive eye captured a slice of the haut bourgeois life immediately preceding World War II. This compelling (and I might even say, addictive) film was a critical and box-office flop when it premiered, but has since influenced…

The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi), dir. Yoji Yamada

MVFF37: Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House)

The tension between personal memory and public history is quietly observed in the prolific Yoji Yamada’s Chiisai Ouchi, based on Kyoko Nakajima’s award-winning novel. When young Takeshi encourages his elderly great-aunt Taki to write her autobiography, he doesn’t believe she is writing the “truth” about her life as a young maid in a bourgeois Tokyo…

Advanced Style, dir. Lina Plioplyte, image courtesy of Ari Seth Cohen

Advanced Style: From Blog to Big Screen

I have read Mr. Cohen’s blog since it was first started; it captures a slice of that New York in which I grew up, that slice which included women d’un certain age who frequented galleries and parks and avant-garde dance openings at Dance Theater Workshop, and with whom I often had interesting and long conversations,…

Ciencias Naturales, dir. Matias Lucchesi

MVFF37: Ciencias Naturales by Matias Lucchesi

This stunning and spare feature-length début by Matias Lucchesi is a wonderful exploration on the nature and the drive for truth. Two females, a 12-year old student (Lila)  and her natural sciences teacher, set out on a road trip in the dead of winter to find Lila’s father, who abandoned them before Lila was born.…