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Marie Antoinette (2006): “Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness.”

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006) focuses on a controversial figure in France’s history; a Queen who at the end of her life was judged by public opinion rather than by her own actions. The film is a re-telling of her life from age 15 to 33, from Marie Antoinette’s betrothal to Louis XVI, to her […]

Before Sunset (2004): “Memory is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past.”

The second film in Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, Before Sunset (2004) allows us heartsick viewers to catch up with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) again – nine years after their initial romantic encounter in Before Sunrise (1995). Jesse is now a published author, and has been travelling around Europe on a whirlwind book tour. […]

Les Enfants Terribles (1950): “I won’t be free until you’re dead.”

Based on Jean Cocteau’s 1929 novel of the same name, Les Enfants Terribles (1950, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville), translated as ‘The Terrible Children’, is a story of a brother and sister pair whose toxic relationship and bitter mindgames draw people in, and attempts to poison everyone they touch. After recently finishing the book, I immediately sought after the […]