‘Cosmopolis’: A rare case where the movie is better than the book

David Cronenberg adapting Don DeLillo — how much icy intelligence can one movie take? The surprise of Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is how well a novel that once made me want to hurl my copy of the paperback at the wall works as a film. It doesn't hurt that Cosmopolis now reads — and plays onscreen — like it was written last week. Read more [...]

Juliette Binoche, Best Actress at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival — bien mérité

I know people who tend to roll their eyes at the mention of Juliette Binoche’s work, considering it synonymous with airy pretension. I would recommend, for starters, that they watch Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy, because this might be Binoche’s best work to date, in a role that won her the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2010. Read more [...]

‘Certified Copy’: Mind-bending romance, plus scenery

Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy is an elegant, enigmatic puzzle. If you sit down to watch the movie assuming it will be genteel arthouse fare, Kiarostami soon starts pulling the rug out from under you; he has something more disorienting in mind. Like Mulholland Drive, this is a movie that the viewer can never experience the same way twice.
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‘Summer Hours’ (2008)

Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours is about a French family whose 75-year-old matriarch (Edith Scob) passes away; the three adult children (Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jeremie Renier) must decide what to do with her precious heirlooms and works of art. Assayas has crafted a scenario that has all kinds of resonance, and a film of quiet triumphs. Read more [...]