Blu-ray Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection

Words: Brody Rossiter Twitter: @BrodyRossiter A MODERN WAY OF LETTING GO Jacques Tati is one of European cinema’s most celebrated cinematic personalities. Embodying the roles of both director and star of a number of beloved french farces exhibiting the befuddled exploits of the umbrella toting Monsieur Hulot, Tati’s work made an art form out of […]

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A Brutal Game Review: Lessons in Cruelty

Words: Brody Rossiter Twitter: @BrodyRossiter HOUSE BOUND As with many of Jean-Claude Brisseau’s pictures, The Brutal Game (Un Jeu Brutal) is a challenging and risqué affair, concerning itself with disability, sexuality, and murder. After suddenly abandoning a high-profile cancer research project, revered scientist, Professor Tessier, returns to his countryside home to oversee his daughter Isabelle’s […]

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Umbrellas of Cherbourg Review: She’s a Rainbow

Words: Brody Rossiter Twitter: @BrodyRossiter J’ADORE MON AMOUR? Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) first received its theatrical release in 1964, courting over one million cinema admissions in France alone. Fifty years later the film has received a special 50th anniversary restoration release – but has this colourful French gem truly stood the test […]

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Populaire Review: Rocky with Typewriters

Words: Brody Rossiter Twitter: @BrodyRossiter EYE OF THE TYPIST  Starring Belgian actress Déborah François (L’Enfant), alongside Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), Populaire tells the charming and romantic tale of Rose, a young woman from “nowheresville” who under the tutelage of her new boss Louis attempts to become the fastest touch-typist in the […]

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