Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners is a taut, atmospheric thriller that will leave you captive
In a few weeks I will be wrapping up a trilogy of film reviews of South-Korea-invades-Hollywood. Interestingly, I could easily begin a new series entitled Quebec-invades-Hollywood with Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Jean-Marc Vallée’s The Dallas Buyers Club, and Ken Scott’s Delivery Man. However, fans of Quebec cinema shouldn’t be at all surprised by this turn of events. With the critical and commercial success of films like Villeneuve’s Incendies, Vallée’s Cafe de Flore, and Scott’s Starbuck, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood sniffed blood.
A look at Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Blue is the Warmest Color tells the story of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulosas) she struggles to understand her own sexuality in a passionate coming of age tale about two lesbian lovers. But aside from depicting a convincing lesbian romance, there isn’t much else in the film. However, having just returned from Paris where I witnessed first hand the hordes of anti-gay marriage protesters that flocked to the streets throughout the year; perhaps a humanizing and heart felt LBGT romance is exactly what France needs right now.