Little Women (2019)

Little Women
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Based on: Louisa May Alcott’s novel
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Jayne Houdyshell, Chris Cooper, Meryl Streep
Seen on: 31.1.2020
[Here are my reviews of the 1994 and the 2018 versions.]

Plot:
Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Beth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh) are sisters, living with their mother Marmee (Laura Dern) as their father is off fighting in the war. Their lives are spent working or studying and trying to help the even poorer people in the neighborhood. In their sparetime, they like to play creatively. When their neighbor Mr. Lawrence’s (Chris Cooper) grandson Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) moves in with his grandfather, he quickly finds himself included with the girls. Together, they navigate life’s ups and downs.

There are many, many things I really love about this version of Little Women. I enjoyed myself thoroughly as I watched it. And at the same time, there are so many narrative choices here that I hate that it really speaks to the film’s quality that I still liked it a lot.

The film poster showing the four Marsh girls (Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen) looking out a window.
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Planetarium (2016)

Planetarium
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Writer: Rebecca Zlotowski, Robin Campillo
Cast: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, Louis Garrel, David Bennent, Damien Chapelle
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 29.10.2016

Plot:
Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) and Laura (Natalie Portman) are sisters who make their living with performances of psychic readings, with Kate’s youthful innocence convincing people of her talents as a seer, while Laura controls the show. The two don’t just perform for big audiences, they also do private séances. One of these brings them to film producer André Korben (Emmanuel Salinger) who lost his wife. Korben takes to the two women, wanting to use them for his filming business. But his interest becomes more and more obsessive.

Planetarium has promise but unfortunately it’s too messy and unfocused to really deliver on that promise. Ultimately it starts to drag and simply left me unsatisfied.

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Mon roi [My King] (2015)

Mon roi
Director: Maïwenn
Writer: Etienne Comar, Maïwenn
Cast: Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco, Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin
Seen on: 3.4.2016

Plot:
Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) had a serious skiing accident and is now in rehab. This finally gives her time to reflect on her love affair with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). The two fell for each other quickly and deeply. Tony enjoyed Georgio’s exuberance, his energy and life force. He was an adventure and whisked her away. But quickly his devotion to her started to show some serious dark spots and Tony found herself in way over her head.

It’s never much fun to watch a film about an abusive relationship. Mon Roi is no exception. It’s major strength are the characters that are both well-written and well-acted, but it is too long and doesn’t bring much to the table that doesn’t feel a little too clichéd.

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La frontière de l’aube (Frontier of Dawn) [2008]

La frontière de l’aube is a French movie directed by Philippe Garrel, starring his son Louis Garrel, Laura Smet and Clémentine Poidatz.

Plot:
François (Louis Garrel) is a photographer, who gets the job to take some portraits of starlet Carole (Laura Smet). They start an affair, even though Carole is married. But their passion is bound to fail.

The actors were well cast, but the story was predictable and the second half of the film left me bored to death. Beautiful shots and a good cast wasted.

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