Elles is a French drama directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, it certainly looks interesting, however, I suspect it might descend into bourgeois navel-gazing.
It’s about Anne, played by Juliette Binoche, who’s a well-off, Paris-based investigative journalist, for ELLE magazine. Anne’s newest assignment involves writing an article concerning student prostitution, specifically about female students turning to prostitution, in order to pay for their university fees. Anne meets with two fiercely independent young women, Alicja and Charlotte, and in doing so she has her own profound revelation, which leads to Anne questioning her most intimate ideals about money, family and sex.
Then there’s the Spanish, Madrid, 1987, which is about two writers, one a celebrated journalist, Miguel (Jos Sacistn), and the other, Angela (Mara Valverde), a beautiful, young, undergraduate journalism student. Miguel agrees to meet with Angela to give her an interview, but the much older writer becomes intent upon seducing the aspiring journalist. The two end up spending a great deal of time together and rather inexplicably (from the trailer), that time appears to be spent in the bathroom, where they discuss literature, prose and career trajectories, while sharing a bath. As the two chat, so they gradually divulge little snippets of information about themselves, revealing Miguel’s cynicism and Angela’s real intentions.
I can’t say I honestly, that I ever expected my top pick to be a Science-Fiction Action film, from the makers of Taken, which is one of the most xenophobic action films, in recent history. What’s more, a Science-Fiction Action film that stars Guy Pearce! Yes, you read that correctly. Guy Pearce stars in this European, action film, LockOut. No, I couldn’t believe it either, but regardless, it looks awesome.
LockOut is set in the near future, and it follows the adventures of a falsely convicted, ex-government agent, Snow (Pearce). Snow’s last chance for redemption and freedom lies in a dangerous mission to rescue the President’s daughter (Grace), from rioting convicts on a maximum security prison, which just so happens to be orbiting earth -damn! Guy Pearce and the film, both appear to be channelling Snake Pliskin and Escape from New York, respectively, which is far from a problem for moi. Suspend your disbelief and go see it!
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