Posts tagged as: The Wider Screen

Love Like Poison: An Unusual Coming-of-Age Story

Love Like Poison: An Unusual Coming-of-Age Story

Katell Quilléveré’s Love Like Poison (Un Poison violent) is about a 14-year-old girl named Anna, who is spending her summer holidays at home in the countryside with her mother and bedridden paternal grandfather. Her father has recently left her mother for another woman, and her mother is meanwhile developing feelings for the local priest, Père […]

Good Hair, Good Humour, Good Questions

Good Hair, Good Humour, Good Questions

In “Good Hair” (Jeff Stilson, 2009) Chris Rock offers an initiation into the world of African-American women’s hairstyling. I was immediately excited by this winning combination of a much-loved comedian and a much neglected topic. The film gets off to a less-than-promising start, from which it quickly recovers. A rather choppy opening collage of interviews […]

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ and the Dogme Legacy

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Dogville’ and the Dogme Legacy

I must confess to a prejudice: I hate films that don’t change spaces. At the theatre, it doesn’t matter to me if there are no set alterations and every scene takes place in the same location; when it comes to film, I want to move from one space to another. This may sound like an […]

Phillip Morris and the Art of the Scam

Phillip Morris and the Art of the Scam

You may have seen the trailer for the latest Jim Carrey comedy, I Love You Phillip Morris. If so, I’d advise you to quit while you’re ahead. Like most comedy trailers, it cannily includes most of the film’s funniest moments. This has always struck me as a kind of misrepresentation: the trailer is supposed to […]

Eric Rohmer: It’s Good to Talk

Eric Rohmer: It’s Good to Talk

If you read the newspaper articles that appeared following the death of Eric Rohmer early this year, you will have come across the cliché that his work is ‘talky’: the implicit criticism is that Rohmer’s films feature too much dialogue and not enough action. Personally, I see nothing wrong with characters engaging in thought-provoking debate. […]

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