Marie Curie [Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge] (2016)

Marie Curie
Director: Marie Noelle
Writer: Marie Noelle, Andrea Stoll
Cast: Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling, Izabela Kuna, Malik Zidi, André Wilms, Daniel Olbrychski, Marie Denarnaud, Samuel Finzi, Piotr Glowacki, Jan Frycz, Sabin Tambrea
Seen on: 14.12.2016

Marie Curie (Karolina Gruszka) is a researcher who is working on isolating radium together with her husband Pierre (Charles Berling). Things are going pretty well until Pierre dies in an accident. Suddenly Marie – who keeps working despite her grief – has to defend herself and her capability to do the job, with people around her doubting that she would be able to do anything without Pierre. With researcher Paul Langevin (Arieh Worthalter) at her side, she persists regardless. Even when their very relationship becomes cause to doubt Curie’s morality.

Marie Curie is an interesting take on an interesting woman. It does have a couple of lengths and I would have appreciated it if it hadn’t focused almost entirely on her relationships with men, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Ma folie (2015)

Ma folie [literally translates to My Madness, there is no official English title as far as I know]
Director: Andrina Mracnikar
Writer: Andrina Mracnikar
Cast: Alice DwyerSabin TambreaOliver RosskopfGerti DrasslAnna Rot

Hanna (Alice Dwyer) is on holidays in France when she meets Yann (Sabin Tambrea) shortly before she has to leave. They spend a passionate weekend together, then Hanna returns to Vienna, where she regularly receives video messages from Yann, much to the dismay of her ex-boyfriend Goran (Oliver Rosskopf). Soon Yann comes to Vienna in person and reveals that he has quit his job and will stay as long as Hanna wants him to. Hanna is at first a little taken aback, but then she’s overjoyed. But Yann is not only intense, he’s also rather insecure and their relationship doesn’t stay easy.

Ma folie tries a little too hard to be clever, but otherwise it’s not a bad debut, even if it didn’t blow me away.

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