Why I Love… #120: Beau Travail

Year: 1999 Director: Claire Denis Stars: Denis Lavant, Grégoire Colin, Michel Subor My first exposure to Claire Denis was Bastards early in 2014 and I reacted very strongly. I was confused and repelled by what I perceived as cryptic ugliness and misery porn; a position I have since revised. In fact, Bastards now ranks among my favourite … Continue reading Why I Love… #120: Beau Travail

Review: Tom At The Farm

A storming a capella rendition of "Les Moulins De Mon Cœur" plays over Tom At The Farm's eye-catching aerial shot following a car between corn fields, just after the deliciously cryptic prologue. The singer is not just asking for our attention but full-throatedly demanding it. It's the first in a series of signature moments in Xavier Dolan's new … Continue reading Review: Tom At The Farm

Why I Love… #63: Repulsion

Year: 1965 Director: Roman Polanski Stars: Catherine Deneuve (Carol), Ian Hendry (Michael), John Fraser (Colin), Yvonne Furneaux (Helen), Patrick Wymark (Landlord) Genre: Thriller / Horror With its initial credits drifting over the surface of Catherine Deneuve's wide unblinking eye, Roman Polanski's Repulsion proclaims its intention as a horror film exploring an interior world, the world behind … Continue reading Why I Love… #63: Repulsion