A SINGLE GIRL (Benoît Jacquot, 1995)

There is nothing especially wrong with La fille seule, which Benoît Jacquot directed from his own and Jérôme Beaujour’s script about a girl who starts a new job two days after learning she is four weeks pregnant. There is something to it—for me, though, not enough.      Nineteen- or twenty-year-old Valérie has a lot on her […]


The bubbles have gone out of all the champagne in the world. Perhaps the most likeable personality in the entertainment field in my lifetime has passed away. Every morning birds chirp up arias around my back door. This morning they were absolutely silent. I couldn’t imagine what had happened. Then I heard news of Belle […]

GOOD WILL HUNTING (Gus Van Sant, 1997)

Good Will Hunting disappoints. Mala Noche (1985), Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and My Own Private Idaho (1991), three other, deeply personal works by Gus Van Sant, are wonderful in their comprehension of offbeat experience and the harsh underbelly of American life; and, though a departure from his trademark atmospheric lyricism, his To Die For (1995) is […]