Lost Illusions – first-look review

Not that he’s the only one suffering: wealthy Royalist Marquise d’Espard (Jeanne Balibar) is infatuated with Lucien, who prefers the chaos – and red stockings – of actress Louise (Cécile de France). Though almost two-and-a-half hours long, it feels much shorter. But Lucien must also learn that the world is a savage place, regardless of how sophisticated the formalwear and genteel the etiquette. His politically thorny and emotionally intricate novels don’t translate easily to the screen. If Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, another Venice title, is about being chewed…

L’Événement – first-look review

Anne cherishes this view of family, and knows that if she were to give birth now, she would not be able continue the legacy and would likely resent the child for ruining her life. The men in the film are mostly ineffectual, though Divan never presents them as uncaring monsters, more that they descend into a state of utter bafflement and have no idea how to accept – let alone deal with – Anne’s predicament. The local GP confirms it, and when she comes out straight away and asks him…

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – first-look review

Genuine affection is conjured by style choices. When urges rise up out of her deadpan presence they are deeply endearing. Character motive is not a factor in this universe where, ambience rules and consistently delivers. Bonnie has a child, the precocious and long-suffering Charlie (Evan Whitten). Who knows. Styled like the thousands of slumming-it-Hollywood-actresses that came before her in cut offs, heels and tight tees, she speaks in an inexplicable, chewy New Jersey accent, swaggering all over the shop like a drunken sailor. He is the cat to her mouse…