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OUTFEST — REINVENTING MARVIN

In REINVENTING MARVIN, the prolific director Anne Fontaine and her co-writer Pierre Trividic start with the premise established by Édouard Louis’ autobiographical novel The End of Eddy—a besieged, effeminate boy (Jules Porier) growing up in rural northern France—and brings their protagonist (played as a young man by Finnegan Oldfield) to Paris, where he attempts to write and stage a […]

ISABELLE HUPPERT AND MRS. HYDE

Isabelle Huppert plays a double role in Serge Bozon’s “rich, strange comic thriller, a very free reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson set in the Paris suburbs, with Huppert as a physics professor bullied by students and colleagues. Her routine of professional degradation is interrupted when, after being struck by lightning, she acquires a powerful second […]

HANEKE’S BACK

Bourgeois eviscerator Michael Haneke is back with the droll, disjunctive HAPPY END, where all the adults, infantalized by their status, behave like children. Given the director’s cool detachment, this never descends into slapstick—until a joyous final iPhone shot of Anne (Isabelle Huppert) running to rescue her father (Jean-Louis Trintignant) from the abyss.   HAPPY END, […]

TAVERNIER’S CINÉMA FRANÇAIS

“Jacques Becker’s mise en scène flexes the emotions, the way you flex your muscles.” — Bertrand Tavernier Long before he directed Isabelle Huppert and Philippe Noiret in Coup de torchon, Dexter Gordon in Round Midnight, or Dirk Bogarde and Jane Birkin in Daddy nostalgie, Tavernier was a cinephile par excellence. In his youth he founded a cinema club, wrote […]