We’ve loved every film so far by the French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve, who’s still only 35 and whose last film, ‘Eden’, was a loose telling of her own brother’s time as a well-known Paris DJ and producer. This is her fifth feature, and no doubt it again plays close to home. Isabelle Huppert plays a philosophy teacher in Paris, newly separated and looking to reinvent her life.
This is the first feature from Michael Grandage, the acclaimed theatre director and former boss of London’s Donmar Warehouse. He’s worked with Nicole Kidman on stage several times, and she’s one of an eye-grabbing cast. The film is set in 1920s New York and is the story of literary editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and his struggle to bring the work of Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) to publication. Guy Pearce plays F Scott Fitzgerald and Dominic West plays Ernest Hemingway.
This new French film about two very different rural French teenagers living under the same roof is directed by French veteran Andre Techiné, which is interesting enough. But doubly interesting is that the script is co‐written by Céline Sciamma, the writer‐director of ‘Water Lilies’, ‘Tomboy’ and ‘Girlhood’, all of them sensitive, intriguing films about being a teenager.
The British-Irish writer-director of ‘The Guard’ and ‘Calvary’ is back with this New Mexico-set tale of two cops (Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård) who sound wilder than any criminals (the film’s synopsis talks of blackmail, drinking, cocaine and more). John Michael McDonagh is a master of gallows humour and knowing movie references, and this looks like more of the same – which is more than fine with us.