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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Returning home after many years abroad, a French intellectual–now in middle age–finds himself bombarded by memories (with precious few actual face-to-face encounters). Unfortunately,  director Arnaud Desplechin’s film (which he co-wrote with screenwriter Julie Peyr) is solipsistic in the extreme, and since “Paul” (Mathieu Amalric) doesn’t really seem to care about anyone but himself, it becomes very hard…

THE BLUE ROOM

(JLH: 3/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. The Blue Room is a wicked little piece of neo-Hitchcock written, directed, and starring Mathieu Amalric. Co-written by Stéphanie Cléau, Amalric’s real life partner, the film has a Hitchock-like tone similar to The Birds, ominous and pristine-looking with everything placed just right and put together beautifully. Every…

IF YOU DON'T...

Day Ten of the 2014 Rendez Vous with French Cinema Full Title = If You Don’t, I Will (French Title = Arrête ou je continue) Middle-Aged/Middle-Class French couple “Pomme” (Emmanuelle Devos) & “Pierre” (Mathieu Amalric) has come to a crisis point in their long marriage. Filmmaker Sophie Fillières (who both wrote & directed) has identified a worthy subject but…