Les Diaboliques (1955), dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

The Real Betrayal in Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques

Nicole’s betrayal of Madame Christine Delassalle was for me more devastating than the Mr. Delassalle’s betrayal of his wife. After all, Monsieur is set up to be thoroughly cruel, miserly, capricious, domineering and selfish. At the film’s bitter and tragic end, are we really surprised that he is one of the “diaboliques?” For it is…

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2015), dir. Taika Waititi

15 Jan 2016 Film Round-up

Sundance Film Festival opens 21 January in Park City with six indigenous filmmakers premiering…the latest from the Coen Brothers, the delightfully-titled Hail Caesar! opens February (never thought we’d see Channing Tatum and Tilda Swinton in the same film)…the New York Jewish Film Festival, which opened this week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, includes…

The Wonders (2014), dir. Alice Rohrwacher

The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher (2014)

Alice Rohrwacher, as shown by her lovely first feature film, Corpo Celeste, and her latest, The Wonders, is a first-rate filmmaker and thoroughly original storyteller. Her films convey confidence in her work, ability and subject matter, a sense of real wonder for the world, and a compassion for people, especially young women. The Wonders, while…

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Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015). Panahi's niece Hana Saeidi.
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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015)

“Relax, he’s one of us,” says Omid, the entrepreneurial DVD bootlegger, after the customer realizes that Omid’s taxi driver is the famous Iranian director Jafar Panahi. Omid reassures his customer that though Mr. Panahi is himself a filmmaker, he doesn’t object to his business. In a very funny twist, the customer turns out to be…

The Assassin (2015), dir.  Hou Hsiao-Hsien

The Assassin by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (2015)

The poor women of Weibo can’t catch a break. Huji, Governor Tian’s favorite concubine, gets pregnant and becomes the target of a sorcerer’s campaign headed by her chief rival, the governor’s wife Lady Tian. Lady Tian, despite having given her husband three sons and a life of devotion, can’t quite get his undivided attention. And…

Mustang (2015), dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven.

Mill Valley Film Festival 38: Leonine Films Picks

MVFF 38 celebrates this year the women of film with many of its highlighted events and films: Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan; spotlights on and tributes to Sarah Silverman, Brie Larson, Catherine Hardwicke; and, a very special exhibition honoring screen icon Ingrid Bergman on the centennial of her birth. In addition, the festival’s cleverly-named “Mind the…