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A Timely Blogathon: Night and Fog (1955)

Alain Resnais’ confronting short documentary Night and Fog (1955), known in its native French as Nuit et Brouillard, focuses on the atrocities of war – more specifically, the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Resnais directs his keen eye on the Auschwitz camp in particular, showing us the different buildings and areas of the […]

Two Short Films: This Is It (2014); Odile et Michel (2014).

Recently I had the chance to watch two short films that both played on their use of language in different ways, and thought I might group them together for a post. There’s nothing better than a short film that is entirely surprising in the way it handles its communication of story and ideas, and these […]

Last Year At Marienbad (1961): “Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses.”

At once a mystery, a surrealist exploration of the nature of truth, and one of the most mindblowingly confounding films made, Last Year At Marienbad (1961, dir. Alain Resnais) tells the ambiguous story of a man and woman who may or may not have met before. It sounds like such a simple premise – two […]

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 […]

Foreign Favourites Blogathon: Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

I wrote this review for Alex Raphael‘s amazing Foreign Favourites blogathon. I’m a big fan of foreign film, and French New Wave, but for some reason I had never seen Vivre Sa Vie (1962) before. This was the perfect opportunity to finally watch it! Many thanks again go to the lovely Alex Raphael for organising this […]

Holy Motors (2012): “Our life is about to change.”

Do you have a particular ability to tolerate the ambiguous? Are you comfortable watching films that test the limits of suspension of disbelief? Then I would suggest watching Holy Motors (2012), directed by Leos Carax. In this film, Denis Lavant plays Monsieur Oscar, a mysterious individual whose job involves attending mysterious appointments – of which […]

Three Colours Trilogy (1993; 1994): A revolutionary triplet of films.

I recently had the privilege of watching the three films that make up Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy: Blue (1993), White (1994), and Red (1994). The three films contain separate storylines, but also have interconnecting moments, elements, and events. In this review, as opposed to my previous reviews of each individual film, I will consider […]

Three Colours: Red (1994): “Justice doesn’t deal with the innocent.”

The Three Colours trilogy, directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, consists of three films: Blue (1993), White (1994), and lastly, Red (1994). This conclusion to the trilogy confronts the French Revolutionary ideal of fraternity, or brotherhood. It lays bare the connections between all three films and, true to Kieślowski’s directing style throughout the whole trilogy, is a mesmerising visual […]

Three Colours: White (1994): Love, revenge, and equality.

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy comprises three films: Blue (1993), White (1994), and Red (1994), based on the famous ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. This is my second post whilst making my way through the trilogy, and will focus on White. After finishing the trilogy I’ll be posting an overall review […]

Three Colours: Blue (1993): “I don’t want any more friends, belongings, love. They’re all traps.”

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy comprises three films: Blue (1993), White (1994), and Red (1994). The three films are based on the famous ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. I’ll be posting separately about all three, and then posting an overall review comparing and contrasting them as a trilogy.