This is a French film about self esteem, sanity, and being stuck in a rut. Seraphine is a poverty-stricken cleaning lady, somewhere in her 40s/50s, who appears to go through life on a very unenjoyable plateau of habituation (I would like to say the French word, habitude, here because there is a point in the film when she focuses on that particular word, but I … Continue reading Seraphine (2008)
I kid you not, dear readers-six, that I have been waiting to watch this film for two and a half years! It was recommended to me that long ago, and it sat on our Netflix queue’s ‘unknown availability’ list for two and a half years. Also on our unknown availability list is Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu the Vampyre so we’ll have to wait and see how … Continue reading Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
This was a smart film. It is French, but that is not the reason it is smart. It is smart because the main point of the film comes only in a few seconds toward the end of the film when the viewer, after having been drawn through the narrative of Anna, a little 9-year old girl who is rebelling against her bourgeois-turned-bohemian parents, gets a … Continue reading Blame it on Fidel (2006)
Sometimes there are lulls between my posts, not because I’m not watching any films, but because I am lazy. I am watching films constantly. And, really, I have no excuse for not writing about the films by the next day but alas I sometimes find myself with a cartload and not enough energy to write a full post on any of it. So I’m going … Continue reading Can I have some fries with that Catch-up?!
I have seen two other Ousmane Sembene films: Black Girl and Borom Sarret (1966). I showed one of my college writing classes Black Girl and I remember someone saying they were tired of the whole Black-White thing, and why couldn’t we just move past it. Well, sure, the film deals with issues of Black and White, but from a completely different context than we are … Continue reading Camp de Thiaroye (1987)