Posts Tagged ‘Isabelle Huppert’

Trailerama: White Material

March 2, 2010

It’s back to Africa for Claire Denis (Chocolat), this time in the company of Isabelle Huppet and–wait for it–Lord Greystoke himself, Christoph Lambert. Huppert is the coffee grower who finds herself in the middle of a civil war and hence a lot of colonial baggage. The trailer seems to up the adventure quotient, but close ups of coffee beans and the mesmerizing guitar soundtrack suggest that this is yet another indulgence in the sensory richness of Denisland. What better guide than that radiant thesping force of nature, Huppert? This is the French director’s first film with tyro screenwriter Marie N’Diaye.

Antichrist: Vu de l’extérieur

January 14, 2010

It says something about the extraordinary Antichrist that the first time Squally saw it, the film felt like a comedy. The second time, it felt like a tragedy. The movie was greeted with jeers at Cannes, which writer/director Lars von Trier brushed off with the proclamation, “I am the world’s greatest filmmaker.”

The critics were trying to take Antichrist too seriously. In dealing with the disintegration of a woman, after all, Von Trier was walking on hallowed ground. The cracked woman is a favorite trope of (male) directors, whether it’s Marnie or Rebecca, Catherine Deneuve in Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert, any number of women in Bergman’s films, Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes’s A Woman Under the Influence, Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes’s Safe, or especially Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher, by von Trier’s bete noire, Michael Haneke. Squally could go on, but let’s just say that it’s one of the greatest clichés of the art house cinema: a beautiful woman goes to pieces, the beautiful actress who plays her is acclaimed for the performance.

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ND/NF ’09 Trailers: From Ordinary Boys to The Milk of Sorrow

March 26, 2009

Another selection of highlights from this year’s New Directors/New Films festival, being held at New York’s MOMA and the Walter Reade Theatre. In this afternoon’s handful, it’s all about survival. Young Moroccans are struggling to make it, young hoofers try to make the chorus line, a family try to shut out a major artery, the unemployed seek revenge, housekeepers give up everything they have, and there’s some rum geriatric hi-jinks in an Italian Odd Quartet.

Chicos normales/Ordinary Boys (Daniel Hernández, 2008)

An actor, petty crook and seamstress struggle to make ends meet in the Moroccan city of Tetuan, notorious for housing the terrorists involved in the 2004 Madrid bombings

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If You Ever Wanted to See Emmanuelle Beart …

March 21, 2009

… singing a song to Isabelle Huppert while dressed in a maid’s outfit, now’s your chance.

(via Filles Sourires)