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Millénium

Almost everybody I know has read at least one of Stieg Larsson’s books. Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy the Millenium-series “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”; The Girl Who Played With Fire” and ” The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ […]

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Julie Julia

Of course I went to see the film! For those who might not have heard, Julie & Julia” is based on two true stories, those of Julia Child and how she came to change the way America cooks, and of Julie Powell, a 30ish New Yorker whose blog about attempting to cook in 365 days […]

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Slumdog millionaire and Second chance Harvey

Once again, a pair of movies. No relationship between the two, save that I saw them in the same week. The first, an Oscar nominee: “Slumdog millionaire”, is a powerful movie. It is set in India and the photography is superb. The story is original…and the treatment very effective. It IS extremely violent and I […]

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Roman de gare

I went to see this little gem of a movie today. A Claude Lelouch film (of “A man and a woman” fame) with Dominique Pinon, Fanny Ardant and Audrey Dana…and original musical track by Gilbert Becaud. It is smart, it is well weaved and a good suspense. the rythm is good and the music had […]

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Ensemble c’est tout

This is a Claude Berri film based on a novel by Anna Gavalda with acrtress Audrey Tatou (of Amélie Poulain fame). I remember buying the book because I liked the cover, it had coloured chalks or pastels. I enjoyed the text just as much. It tells the story of four people who find themselves living […]

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“Efter bröllopet” (After the wedding)

It is a Danish film with subtitles. At the centre of the movie is Jacob Petersen, an idealistic humanitarian working in a struggling orphanage in a poor community in India. When the offer a large sum of money to aid the failing orphanage requires him to travel to his native Denmark for a face-to-face meeting […]

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“Away from her”

Here is a new Canadian film starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent. It is the story of a Fiona and Grant, who have been married for 45 years. They learn that Fiona has Alzheimer. She choses to check herself into a hospice. Grant is devastated and has a hard time dealing with her detaching herself […]

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Four movies

It has come back to me that I saw a couple of movies over the holidays that I omitted to write about. The first one is “Volver” an Almodovar film with Penelope Cruz. A riveting film about the relationships between a woman, her daughter, her mother, her sister and her aunt…and many family secrets… Granted […]

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Man of the year

I needed a popcorn fix and chose this just released film with Robin Williams. I must confess right off the bat that I am a fan of his. It is the story of a comic talk show host who decides to run for president…there is a bit of a twist to the story as someone […]

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Little Miss Sunshine

I went to see this film as I was looking for a feel good movie. It is not particularly original, nor that funny, or touching….yet a box office success…I guess there are a lot of people looking for non challenging entertainment. At least it is not offensive…and the actress who plays the little girl is […]