This collection of films directed by the phenomenally talented Claire Denis serve as a showcase of her decade-spanning, award-winning career, beginning with her international breakthrough Chocolat and carrying through to her most recent work White Material. Brave, challenging and frequently controversial, Claire Denis is one of the most important French filmmakers of her generation and is the most critically acclaimed female director working in the world today. Also includes Beau Travail and Nnette et Boni.
Three classics form Jacques Rivette. Secret Defense is a gripping and fascinating dark Hitchcock style thriller about a scientist who is murdered by a family friend. In Vasavoir the theatre world is the setting. The characters all quick-witted well-read and cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre romance and theft. Histoire de Marie et Julien is a fascinating film and rather more interesting for its unusual stylistic approach to genre filmmaking dealing with death re-birth time and memory and is regarded as one of Rivette's long-lost phantom films.
Secret Defense is a gripping and fascinating thriller from ground breaking French director Jacques Rivette. When Slyvie's (Sandrine Bonnaire) father a brilliant scientist is murdered by a family friend she swears vengeance. However she soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery of love and intrigue. But when she learns the truth about her father it threatens to shake her very foundations in this dark Hitchcock style thriller.
A story of the friendship between two women with very different personalities. Isa is a free spirit travelling around and getting work where she can. When she gets a temporary job in a factory she makes friends with Marie whose pessimism is diametrically opposed to Isa's general optimism.
19-year-old Boni is a sex-starved factory worker who combats loneliness by conjuring vivid fantasies involving the baker's wife. Nenette, his estranged 15-year-old sister, is trapped in a boarding school and is pregnant with a child she doesn't want. When their mother dies and fate brings them back together the two warily embark on a journey that will help them heal each other in a most unpredictable yet compelling fashion. A dazzling, mesmerising and deeply moving study of adolescent desire, directed by one of the world's leading contemporary auteur, Clarie Denis.
Catherine Breillat's film 'Sex Is Comedy' was inspired by her own experiences shooting a sex scene in her controversial feature 'A Ma Soeur'. Anne Parillaud plays film director Jeanne a demanding perfectionist who has a challenge on her hands creating convincing on-screen passion between her reluctant young lead actor and actress (Gregoire Colin and Roxane Mesquida) who can barely conceal their dislike for each other. But the shooting of the film's most intimate scene brings the grow
An Oscar nominated foreign language film set in London and the Balkans highlighting the human tragedy involved in civil war. The film was the debut feature of Milcho Manchevski who was better known for working on pop promo videos.
Nathan and Claire are over the moon as they're about to tell her family that she's pregnant. But the family reunion doesn't go according to plan. Not only is the family's pharmaceutical business in trouble her father is also mysteriously attacked by terrorized deer. Nathan reluctantly joins the heavily armed men of the family to find out what causes the odd behaviour. But as they venture deep into the woods they soon discover that what started out as a hunting party has turned into Prey.
The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge) and a native Macedonian war photographer to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence and remains one of recent cinema's most powerful laments on the futility of war.
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