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An Ordinary Execution [une Execution Ordinaire] Review


Excellent
With a thoughtful and introspective tone, this film continually surprises us as its story unfurls and a young doctor's life takes a strange and portentous turn, colliding with one of history's most notorious figures.

In 1952 Stalin (Dussollier) "purges" the Kremlin of what he thinks are evil Jewish doctors. But he continues to get ill, so he has Dr Anna Atlina (Hands) brought to treat him. She's shocked at meeting the infamous premier, especially as he's heard she has a magnetic power in her hands. She helps alleviate his pain, and as she leaves he threatens her with execution if she ever tells anyone. Her entire life changes bewilderingly as a result, and she never knows when Stalin will summon her next.

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WIld Grass [Les Herbes Folles] Review


Very Good
At age 87, director Resnais creates a playful and often infuriating comedy about the impulsive things people do in reaction to something unexpected. And even though it's not an easy film, it's still great fun.

When the imaginative Georges (Dussollier) finds a wallet in a parking garage, he begins to wonder about the owner. He hands the wallet to a cop (Amalric) and goes home to his wife (Anne Consigny), with whom he has two adult children (Forestier and Vladimir Consigny). Meanwhile, the wallet's owner, Marguerite (Azema), also begins to wonder about this strange man who found it. But when they get in contact, strange obsessions lead to irrational decisions and actions. Or maybe they're just imagining what could possibly happen.

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Tous Les Matins Du Monde Review


Extraordinary
All the Mornings of the World (the translated title here) is not about a) mornings or b) the world. It is about music, and many feel it to be one of the better films about that nebulous, ephemeral subject.

Specifically, Mornings is the story of two composers, Sainte Colombe (Jean-Pierre Marielle) and his protege, Marin Marais (played by Gérard Depardieu as an older man and by his son Guillaume Depardieu for the bulk of the film). Sainte Colombe quickly earns a reputation as a master musician -- adding a seventh string to the viol, for example -- but his shunning of the king even more quickly earns him a place in rural exile. As Colobe's wife has died, he's dedicated himself to his hermitage, and more importantly his music.

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The Accompanist Review


Bad
Shockingly bad and boring movie about an introverted pianist (Romane Bohringer), an actress who seems to poison everything she does. Say goodnight if you rent this one.
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An Ordinary Execution [une Execution Ordinaire] Movie Review

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