MARIE BAIE DES ANGES (Manuel Pradal, 1997)

A brilliant feature debut, Manuel Pradal’s Marie Baie des Anges is about homeless, reckless youths at loose on the Riviera. Philippe Rousselot, the great color cinematographer of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva (1981) and Alain Cavalier’s Thérèse (1986), produced the film. This is a genuine film. It proceeds by shots rather than scenes. No narrative drives the […]

IGBY GOES DOWN (Burr Steers, 2002)

Fusing atmospheric elements of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Igby Goes Down is a dark comedy that strains to be cutting-edge while all the while seeming out-of-date. It’s a coming-of-age tale, of sorts, about 17-year-old Jason Slocumb, Jr., nicknamed Igby, a poor little rich boy who whines his way […]